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Hemophilia: The Treatment

While there’s no cure for hemophilia, most people with the disease can lead fairly normal lives. Hemophilia treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition:

Mild hemophilia A
Treatment may involve slow injection of the hormone desmopressin (DDAVP) into a vein to stimulate a release of more clotting factor to stop the bleeding. Occasionally, desmopressin is given as a nasal medication.

Moderate to severe hemophilia A or hemophilia B
Bleeding may stop only after an infusion of clotting factor derived from donated human blood or from genetically engineered products called recombinant clotting factors. Repeated infusions may be needed if the internal bleeding is serious.

Hemophilia C
Plasma infusions are needed to stop bleeding episodes.

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