What is a bleeding disorder?
Bleeding disorders occur when there is poor clotting due to deficient or missing proteins called factor. These disorders can cause heavy and prolonged bleeding, either spontaneously or after an injury. Hemophilia and von Willebrand disease are 2 common bleeding disorders. Bleeding disorders can be mild, moderate, or severe in nature. Severe bleeding disorders are usually detected in infancy, while milder versions of the disease may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Many bleeding disorders, including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, are inherited conditions. There are other causes as well.