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Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 18 August 2005
Medical blood bags

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Haemophilia and bleeding disorders

Haemophilia is a lifelong inherited genetic condition, which affects females as carriers and males who inherit the condition.

About 6,000 people in the UK have Haemophilia, and one third of these will have no previous family history.

Haemophiliac patients bleed more than usual due to the absence or deficiency of proteins that cause clotting.

Cuts or grazes are not a problem but there can be internal bleeding into joints, muscles and soft tissues.

If left untreated, this can cause severe pain and even disability.

Haemophilia is usually treated by replacing the missing clotting factor; This can be injected on a regular basis or in less severe cases, at the time of a bleed.

Severe bruising and nose bleeds can also be a symptom of another clotting disorder: Von Willebrand's disease.

If you have questions about haemophilia, Von Willebrand's disease or other related bleeding disorders, do contact us. 
 
Joining Barbara Myers in the studio to answer your questions will be Dr Paul Giangrande, Consultant Haematologist at the Oxford Haemophilia Centre.

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Check Up  is your opportunity to ask an expert about the condition. If you have a question, contact us by calling 0870 010 0444 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day of broadcast or by emailing the programme - see 'Contact Check Up' link above.

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