Treatments for Hemophilia

Treatments for Hemophilia

  • Submitted By: slamminxo
  • Date Submitted: 01/14/2009 10:43 AM
  • Category: Science
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• “Clotting Factor Concentrate,” is a treatment option consisting of a dried powder form of the clotting protein factor that is deficient in the patient’s blood. The powder is mixed with water to for a liquid solution which is then administered into the patient via intravenous injections.
• “Plasma Derived Factor,” is basically made from blood that has been donated, the plasma extracted and used in a hemophilia patient. This form of treatments is considered risky due to the chances of transmitting viruses from donated blood.
• “Recombinant Factor,” plasma is made in a laboratory and is not made with human blood; this is a much safer method of treatment compared to the “plasma derived factor,” method.
• There are also over the counter medications a hemophiliac person is able to take for the pain such as Tempra and Tylenol. Other medications that contain Aspirin or Acetylsalicylic acid can cause more damage than good by interfering with clotting factors.

Unfortunately there have not yet been any cures discovered for hemophilia. Though through new medical developments, experts say that within the next five to 10 years there is a significant chance a cure could be seen.
If you want to get into the technicalities of a hemophilia cure you could get a liver transplant but with the amount of medications you have to take for the rest of your life to prevent your body from rejecting the new liver the benefits of the transplant seem heavily outweighed by the inconveniences and no chance of guarantee.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of someone born with hemophilia can vary depending on whether or not they are receiving the right form of treatment for their specific situation. With today’s ultra modern treatment options, the life expectancy of a child born with hemophilia can be anywhere from 70 to 80 years old. Prior to the 1990’s this regrettably wasn’t the case. The life span of a person with hemophilia was significantly...

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