St Helier, Sutton and Epsom doctor marks World Haemophilia Day
7:30am Monday 23rd April 2012 in News
A specialist doctor at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals marked World Haemophilia Day by raising awareness of the condition on Tuesday, April 17.
About one in 5,000 men suffer from haemophilia. The symptoms include big bruises, prolonged bleeding after a cut and bleeding into muscles and joints, especially the knees, elbows, and ankles.
Another symptom is serious internal bleeding into vital organs, this most commonly occurs after a serious trauma.
Dr Jane Mercieca a consultant haematologist at the hospitals said: “Haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot normally.
“For people with the disorder, bleeding will last longer and bruising occurs after only minor knocks and bumps. Bleeding can also occur spontaneously within the body into muscles and joints.
“There is no permanent cure for haemophilia however there are effective treatments which can be administered at home.
Sufferers must avoid medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen, because they thin the blood even further.
To learn more about haemophilia visit the World Haemophilia Federation website wfh.org/whd or the Haemophilia Society at haemophilia.org.uk.