Coagulation disorders are disruptions in the body’s ability to control blood clotting. Coagulation disorders can result in either a hemorrhage (too little clotting that causes an increased risk of bleeding) or thrombosis (too much clotting that causes blood clots to obstruct blood flow).These clotting disorders develop due to several conditions.
Major causes of coagulation disorders resulting in bleeding include:
Major causes of coagulation disorders resulting in too much clotting include:
Symptoms of coagulation disorders with difficulty clotting include:
Symptoms of coagulation disorders with too much clotting include:
If your child displays symptoms of one of these disorders, his or her doctor will likely order blood tests. These blood tests show the amounts and behaviors of various clotting factors in the blood and can help the doctor make a diagnosis.
If your child displays symptoms of a blood clot, the doctor will likely order imaging with ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Imaging may help to see a blood clot.
Another factor that can confirm the diagnosis of one of these disorders is genetic counseling. For the inherited disorders, a genetic test can reveal the mutation that causes a particular disorder. When combined with blood test results, proof of this mutation enables your child’s doctor to make a sound diagnosis.
Doctors at Riley at IU Health suggest a specific treatment plan based on the coagulation disorder that is diagnosed and:
There are many different options for the treatment of a coagulation disorder. Treatment for bleeding may include:
Treatment for clotting may include:
Visit the resources below to learn more about coagulation disorders:
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This foundation is a national network of healthcare providers and patients and families living with hemophilia.
Hemophilia of Indiana is the local chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.
The World Federation of Hemophilia is a global network of healthcare providers, national hemophilia associations and patients and families living with hemophilia.
The National Blood Clot Alliance promotes patient advocacy and education, working on behalf of those susceptible to blood clots, including people with blood clotting disorders.
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