To diagnose hemophilia, a doctor must perform a series of blood tests, since certain other diseases share symptoms similar to hemophilia. A Factor Activity Test confirms whether or not one has hemophilia as well as its type and severity. If a person has been diagnosed with the disorder, others in their family should learn if they have the disease or if they are a carrier. This can be easily detected in a boy’s case if he has an inversion, a case where the boy’s DNA letters are merely backwards.
There is no cure for hemophilia, but hemophilia patients can prevent or stop bleeding episodes with purified clotting factors. However, on occasion, the person’s immune system sometimes attacks this treatment. This is similar to the body sometimes attacking a transplanted organ in a process called rejection. Funds are being raised to find a cure for this genetic disorder.
-Martin H. Fischer