Robert

Eldridge, IA

#1 Nov 18, 2011
My 10 yo son just was tested for factor viii deficiency due to his grandfather having the condition. My son has had his appendix out, a non-operative fibulae fx, tooth extracted, days plastic mole removed from head, and a dermis cyst removed...all with no problems. His baseline factor viii is 34%. After stimate test (1.5) hours it was 68%,(4) hours later it was 54%. His grandpa had it his whole life with never a problem. Discovered in a routine blood test for a future back surgery. My question is can my son play football?
Julie_willisms74

Paris, TN

#2 Nov 20, 2011
My son has severe hemophilia a which means he has less than one percent clotting factor in his blood. Your son may be able to play football but I would talk to your pop first to see if a regular preventative treatment before each game and practice would be beneficial.
Julie_williams74@me.com
Hope this helps.
Darcy

Janesville, WI

#3 Nov 20, 2011
Hi Robert,

The best person to pose that question to is a hematologist. A factor level of 34% puts your son in the "mild hemophilia" category. Many who are mild go undiagnosed. The inherent danger in playing football, for anyone, is the risk of concussion. While your son did well in a controlled environment (surgary) a traumatic injury may cause excessive bleeding. Having a diagosis, even mild, will enable him to be treated more appropriately in the event of bleeding into the brain from an injury. People with hemophilia are more active than they used to be, because they receive prophylactic factor replacement therapy every other days to keep their levels high. Prophylaxis isn't typically indicated in a person with mild hemophilia, although if your son intends to play football into high school, it may be something you want to discuss with the hematologist. Joint injuries or blows to the abdomen can cause bleeding in anyone who plays football, stopping the bleeding is the issue. I hope this was helpful.

Darcy Zwier
Executive Director
Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network
Darcy

Janesville, WI

#4 Nov 20, 2011
*surgery
*day

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