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St. Luke's Hemophilia Center
The St. Luke's Hemophilia Center, housed in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI), cares for patients with bleeding disorders, as well as those with blood clotting problems. We are the only center in Idaho that offers comprehensive care to people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
What is Hemophilia?
Hemophilia is a rare genetic bleeding disorder caused by a shortage of certain clotting factors. Blood-clotting factors are need to help stop bleeding after a cut or injury and to prevent spontaneous bleeding. The hemophilia gene can contain many different errors, leading to different degrees of abnormality in the amount of clotting factor produced.
There are two major types of hemophilia:
Signs and Symptoms of Hemophilia
Symptoms of hemophilia are usually first noticed during infancy or childhood. However, some people with milder forms of hemophilia may not develop symptoms until later in life.
The following signs may be noticed shortly after birth:
Other symptoms of hemophilia include:
Severity and frequency of bleeding episodes vary from patient to patient and may differ depending on whether the person has hemophilia A or hemophilia B.
Von Willebrand's Disease
Von Willebrand's disease is a bleeding disorder. When you have this disease, it takes longer for your blood to form clots, so you bleed for a longer time than other people.
Normally, when a person begins to bleed, small blood cells called platelets go to the site of the bleeding and clump together to help stop the bleeding. If you have von Willebrand's disease, your blood doesn't clot well because you don't have a certain protein in your blood or you have low levels of it. This protein is called von Willebrand. It helps a blood clot to remain in place to stop bleeding.
The disease is mild in most people. It can stay the same or get better or worse as you get older.
There are three major types of the disease. They range from mild to severe.
Hemophilia Program Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner
The St. Luke's Hemophilia Center operates on the first Wednesday of every month at our facility in Boise. If you reside outside of the Boise area, we offer transportation assistance and overnight accommodations to help facilitate your treatment.
For more information, please call us at (208) 381-2782 or 1-800-845-4624.