Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding, or coagulation, disorder. People with hemophilia lack the ability to stop bleeding because of the low levels, or complete absence, of specific proteins, called "factors," in their blood that are necessary for clotting. Proper clotting of blood helps prevent excessive bleeding.

Long-term outlook for people with hemophilia

Hemophilia is a lifelong disease. With the advances of specific clotting factors in laboratories, prevention and treatment of bleeds is improving.

With careful management, informed decisions, and recognition of complications, many people with hemophilia can live relatively healthy lives with a normal lifespan.

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