The Unforeseen vs Avoidable Challenges

As with any human illness or condition, there is always the possibility of an unforeseen complication associated with hemophilia—even if you or your child does everything correctly. These possible complications are not necessarily caused by something you or your child did wrong.

Some possible complications are largely beyond anyone’s control, are difficult to predict and may occur at any point in your or your child’s life. Others, such as joint disease are often related to inadequate therapy or skipping prophylaxis doses; but there may also be genetic conditions which make some patients particularly prone to this complication.

There are other complications, such as HIV or hepatitis, which happened in the past as a result of inadequate screening for virus and purification of the US blood supply. These are unlikely to affect young people today who are treated with factor concentrate.

Possible Hemophilia Complications