What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of hemophilia A?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Douglass A Drelich, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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Imaging studies for acute bleeds are chosen on the basis of clinical suspicion and anatomic location of involvement, as follows:

  • Head computed tomography scans without contrast are used to assess for spontaneous or traumatic intracranial hemorrhage

  • MRI scans of the head and spinal column are used for further assessment of spontaneous or traumatic hemorrhage

  • MRI is also useful in the evaluation of the cartilage, synovium, and joint space

  • Ultrasonography is useful in the evaluation of joints affected by acute or chronic effusions


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