By Beverly Britton
After centuries of incorrect information approximately hemophilia, the technology of genetics and the information of the way blood clots opened the door for realizing, new remedies, and a extra basic way of life for victims of the disorder. Researchers proceed pursuing a treatment for hemophilia within the twenty first century. (20051001)
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This means the physician must make a difficult decision about which patient receives the available supply. From initial diagnosis to choosing a treatment method, the family of a hemophiliac and the patient stay informed and involved. The diagnosis of hemophilia is frightening, and families of children with hemophilia are immediately faced with many decisions about care. Whether the patient chooses home infusion or emergency room care by professionals depends on the severity of the disease and the willingness of the family to learn infusion techniques.
Whole blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma plus some of the clotting factors and must be matched to a patient’s blood type to prevent an adverse reaction. While this saved some lives by replacing lost blood, it was not totally effective in improving clotting because a pint of blood, the usual amount administered in a transfusion, does not contain enough clotting factors to replace all the factors missing in a hemophiliac. Byard Foraker, a patient with hemophilia, described his early treatment.
No one knows for sure why some hemophiliacs develop inhibitors and others do not. Inhibitors affect between 14 and 25 percent of those with severe hemophilia A, but only about 2 to 3 percent of those with hemophilia B. Inhibitors develop in hemophiliacs in approximately the same percentages regardless of whether the person is treated with plasma-derived clotting factors or recombinant DNA clotting factors. Detection of inhibitors occurs in one of two ways. One way uses blood tests to detect inhibitors (antibodies).