Recognizing bleeding episodes

Most cases of hemophilia are identified during infancy or early childhood. Symptoms of bleeding in a child with hemophilia may include bruises and/or pain, swelling, or reluctance to move a joint.

Adults and older children with hemophilia will learn with experience what internal bleeding feels like. During the early stages, a warm and/or tingling sensation, called an aura, is often felt. The person usually will recognize that bleeding has begun before there is any physical evidence.

It is important to begin infusion with clotting factors as soon as possible once a bleeding episode has started, before any physical signs develop.

Last Updated: August 13, 2009

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