World Haemophilia Day

I didn’t really know much about haemophilia before this, which I guess is why they have the day!

I was of the understanding that it only affected men and my limited knowledge extended to knowing it was related to the royal family!

So, let’s have a bit of mythbusting!

It is a genetic condition but can be acquired through mutation so the parents need not be carriers although it’s much more likely they are.

Most people with haemophilia are male because of the way the condition is inherited.  However, some women who carry the gene will also experience bleeding problems and a girl born to two parents with gene will be affected.

It was prevalent in European royal families in the 19th century.  Queen Victoria was a carrier and the nature of marriage and royalty meant that it spread through a number of different royal families

If you don’t know much about it, I expect that you imagine the worst fate to be bleeding out when injured.  And this is obviously a risk.  But possibly worse is internal bleeding.  Bleeding into joints causing them to swell and cause permanent damage or more seriously, bleeding into the brain.

There are much better treatment options these days, at least in the developed world, making it a condition that you can live a full life with.  Carl Sanderson talks about his treatment and management of haemophilia and also about doing two back to back tough mudder challenges…



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