How is hemophilia A classified?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Douglass A Drelich, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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Hemophilia is classified according to clinical severity as mild, moderate, or severe (see Table 1, below). Patients with severe disease usually have less than 1% factor VIII (FVIII) activity and experience spontaneous hemarthrosis and soft-tissue bleeding in the absence of apparent precipitating trauma. Patients with moderate disease have 1-5% FVIII activity and bleed with minimal trauma. Patients with mild hemophilia have more than 5% factor activity and bleed only after significant trauma or surgery.

Table 1. Hemophilia Severity, Factor Activity, and Hemorrhage Type (Open Table in a new window)

Classification

Factor Activity, %

Cause of Hemorrhage

Mild

>5-40

Major trauma or surgery

Moderate

1-5

Mild-to-moderate trauma

Severe

< 1

Spontaneous

Direct the examination to identify signs related to spontaneous bleeding, or bleeding with minimal challenge, in the joints, muscles, and other soft tissues. Observe the patient's posture. Examine the weight-bearing joints, especially the knees and ankles, and, in general, the large joints for deformities or ankylosis. Look for jaundice and other signs of liver failure (eg, cirrhosis), and for signs of opportunistic infections in patients who are HIV positive.


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