Although there is no cure for hemophilia, a condition where a person’s blood does not clot like normal, there are several hemophilia treatments that can help reduce its severity.
Clotting Factor Replacements
Hemophilia occurs when the proteins that are necessary for blood to clot are missing. This treatment option provides patients with the specific proteins they are lacking.
These proteins are either gathered from plasma-derived factors obtained from human plasma or are recombinant concentrates produced in a lab using a combination of animal cells and human genes.
Clotting factor replacements for hemophilia is usually given intravenously through the vein. The length of time between each treatment will vary depending on the patient and the severity of their condition.
Most patients with mild cases of hemophilia can receive injections if they have begun to bleed. Moderate to severe cases of hemophilia may require weekly injections to help prevent uncontrolled bleeding.
This treatment is helpful as it also prevents damage to the joints. This is because the blood is less likely to collect in the joint cavities.
However, even if this is the ideal method to treat hemophilia, clotting factor replacements can be very expensive. One injection can be approximately $1000 USD to $2000 USD.
Injections should be administered by a properly trained healthcare provider. Although, a patient can also self-administer an injection if they have received the proper training from a medical professional.
It is important to go see your doctor and discuss if this treatment option will be beneficial to you and your case of hemophilia.
Your doctor can give you more information regarding hemophilia treatments, provide you with more detail on specific hemophilia treatments, and offer financial information that you may need to acquire them.
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