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Bleeding disorders

Some people have conditions that make them bleed more easily than usual. This is because their blood doesn't clot normally. Often these conditions are genetic, meaning people inherit them from their parents.

The most common bleeding disorder is von Willebrand disease (VWD). It is generally less severe than other bleeding disorders. Many people with VWD don't even know they have it because their bleeding symptoms are very mild.

Haemophilia is a rare and more serious disorder, in which people don't make enough of a clotting factor in their blood. This means they bleed for longer than normal, and may bleed into their joints, muscles or other parts of their body. People with haemophilia need to get extra clotting factor so they don't bleed too much.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers.Endorsed by clinical director, Haematology, Canterbury DHB. Page created June 2015.

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Testing for haemophilia before pregnancy

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