Coagulation Defects and Hemophilia
Coagulation defects are the body’s inability to control blood clotting. Normally, when an injury occurs, the blood will clot to prevent further bleeding. Coagulation disorders will usually result in hemorrhage or thrombosis. Hemorrhage is when there is increased the risk of bleeding, while thrombosis can cause blood clots to obstruct blood flow.
There are many reasons why clotting disorders occur. The condition usually develops after several conditions.
This condition occurs when the blood does not clot normally. Basically, the blood lacks the clotting factor necessary for clotting.
- Von Willebrand disease. A hereditary medical condition, Von Willebrand is the name of a clotting factor protein in the blood that is responsible for blood clotting.
- Clotting factor deficiencies. When there is a low level of proteins necessary for blood clotting.
- Disseminated intravascular coagulation. This occurs when there is overactive clotting that obstructs blood vessels.
- Liver Disease. Any disorder that will affect the function of the liver.
- Platelet defects. Platelets play a very important role in blood clotting mechanisms. The platelets are too low or if they do not work properly, bruising and bleeding may occur.
Signs and Symptoms
When an individual is suffering from coagulation disorders one or more of the symptoms listed below will appear.
- Presence of blood in the urine or stool
- Easy bruising
- Feels extremely tired
- Joint pain because of internal bleeding
- Painful headache
- Bleeding that won’t stop from ordinary cuts
- Pain, swelling, and warmth in joints or muscles
- Double vision or vision problems
- Frequent vomiting
When it comes to treatment, coagulant defects have many options. When there is bleeding, treatment includes:
- Rest and ice compression. They look simple and easy to do but can be a very powerful intervention. It reduces pain and swelling including bleeding.
- Replacement therapy. This procedure is an infusion of concentrated clotting factor to help to treat a wound and stop bleeding.
- Medications such as Desmopressin. The drugs will stimulate the body to produce the clotting protein Von Willebrand factor.
If you think you are suffering from Coagulation Defects and Hemophilia you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Coagulation Defects and Hemophilia as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).