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Keywords:

  • haemophilia;
  • management;
  • platelet disorders;
  • rare bleeding disorders;
  • von Willebrand disease;
  • women

Summary.  Patients affected by bleeding disorders present a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms that vary from a mild or moderate bleeding tendency to significant episodes. Women with inherited bleeding disorders are particularly disadvantaged since, in addition to suffering from general bleeding symptoms, they are also at risk of bleeding complications from regular haemostatic challenges during menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth. Moreover, such disorders pose important problems for affected women due to their reduced quality of life caused by limitations in activities and work, and alteration of their reproductive life. These latter problems include excessive menstrual bleeding or menorrhagia, miscarriage, bleeding complications during pregnancy and after delivery and their related complications such as acute or chronic anaemia. The management of these women is difficult because of considerable inter-individual variation. Moreover, reliable information on clinical management is scarce, only a few available long term prospective studies of large cohorts provide evidence-based guideline about diagnosis and treatment.