Hemophilia A, B & C
Our bodies have different clotting factors that are needed to stop bleeding after an injury. People with hemophilia A are missing or have too little of a clotting factor called Factor VIII. This is the most common form. Hemophilia A has two other names:
- Classic hemophilia, because it is the most common of the factor deficiencies.
- Factor VIII deficiency hemophilia, because Factor VIII is the clotting factor that is lacking.
People with hemophilia B are missing, or have too little, of a clotting factor called Factor IX. This bleeding disorder has similar symptoms to hemophilia A, but is much less common.
People with hemophilia C lack the Factor XI clotting protein. It is very rare, and even researchers don’t know a lot about it. Unlike hemophilia A and B which affect mainly boys, hemophilia C affects both girls and boys equally because it is inherited in a different way.
MYTH: Hemophilia only affects males.
FACT: While hemophilia mostly affects males, many women who are carriers of hemophilia can have symptoms of a bleeding disorder.
Information Booklet on Mild Hemophilia
A booklet for people living with milder forms of hemophilia, developed by the Atlantic Hemophilia Nurses Group of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Hemophilia Care (CANHC).Download Booklet on Mild Hemophilia