Hemophilia: Bleeding Disease
Blood in the urine
Hemophilia is a hereditary disease which is usually occurs in young males whose mothers have had the disease in their own family. The mother transmits the disease, but does not suffer from herself. Her father and brothers may have had the condition. The disease is due to deficiency of a certain type of globulin. This result in bleeding into the joints and tissues, even after some slight injury or surgical procedure. There may also be blood in the urine for no apparent reason.
Treatment is directed at keeping the child free from injury as far as possible. Tranfusions of fresh, whole blood or plasma should be given when bleeding occurs. Local applications of fibrin are also of value over the bleeding area. Dental extractions are a real problem, but this can be carried out provided blood is available for tranfusion, if it should be needed.