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Can haemophilia be cured?

A cure for haemophilia has yet to be found, although current research is encouraging. Most research for a cure is based around gene therapy. Gene therapy is when a normal gene is inserted into the tissue to replace an abnormal gene. As gene therapy is very complex, we are writing a more detailed answer that will be posted on Factored In soon. In the meantime, for further information check out the World Federation of Hemophilia website. In Australia the usual treatment for most children and young people with severe haemophilia is regular prophylaxis, where factor concentrate is injected two to three times a week to keep factor levels high enough to prevent or reduce bleeding from haemophilia. There are a few ways to treat bleeding from haemophilia. These include:

  • Clotting factor concentrates
  • Desmopressin (DDAVP) – for mild haemophilia A
  • Tranexamic acid
  • RICE (Rest. Ice. Compression and Elevation)

For further information on treatment options visit this page on Factored In 

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Date last reviewed: 25/10/2012