Haemophilia is the best known of a much wider family of bleeding disorders.
What they all have in common is that the blood of someone with one of these conditions doesn’t form stable clots. A common myth about bleeding disorders is that any small cut will cause death. In fact, the biggest problem caused by bleeding disorders are extremely painful internal bleeds into muscles or joints and very heavy periods in affected women.
There are over 3,000 people in Scotland with a diagnosed bleeding disorder and registered at one of the six specialist centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen or Inverness. On these pages, you can find a bit more about these rare conditions and what it is like for individuals and families who live with them.
Ten things you need to know about inherited bleeding disorders
In this section
von Willebrands Disease
Rare Clotting Factor Deficiencies
Inherited Platelet Disorders
How does blood clot?