Progress in the contemporary management of hemophilia: The new issue of patient aging

Published: 20 May 2017
Author(s): Pier Mannuccio Mannucci, Massimo Iacobelli
Issue: May 2017
Section: Narrative Review

The management of inherited coagulation disorders such as hemophilia A and B has witnessed dramatic progresses since the last few decades of the last century. Accordingly, persons with hemophilia (PWH) now enjoy a life expectancy at birth not different from that of males in the general population, at least in high income countries. Nowadays, a substantial proportion of PWH are aging, like their peers in the general population. This outstanding progress is accompanied by problems that are in part similar to those of any old person (multiple concomitant diseases and the resulting intake of multiple drugs other than those specific for hemophilia treatment).