Bleeding Disorders

Bleeding Disorder Facts

A bleeding disorder is a defect in the body’s blood clotting system. Clotting factors are missing or do not work as they should.


  • Hemophilia is a sex-linked blood clotting disorder that causes excessive bleeding to occur spontaneously.
  • Hemophilia may be mild, moderate or severe.
  • Individuals with hemophilia bleed longer not faster than people with normal clotting factors.
  • A misconception is that people with hemophilia will bleed to death from a minor cut or injury.
  • The most conventional method of treatment of bleeding disorders is intravenous infusion of factor.

Von Willebrand Disease

  • Hemophilia & von Willebrand diseases are inherited, however both can result from a genetic mutation with no prior family history.
  • A deficient blood protein call von Willebrand factor causes von Willebrand disease.
  • Von Willebrand disease is the most common bleeding disorder. It can be passed down from either parent.
  • Often, people do not realize they may have this disease until another family member is diagnosed, as it is usually a mild disorder with few symptoms if any.

Useful Links

Doctor’s Guide: Medical Conferences and Meetings (PSI)


Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA)

HIV and Hepatitis

Human Gene Therapy Center (HGTC)

Johns Hopkins 
All Children’s Hospital


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF)

World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH)

 St. Joseph’s Children’s Hemophilia Treatment Center

Cancer Institute
3001 W. Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd
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(813)287-6306 fax
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