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INTRODUCTION - Haemophilia A is an X-linked recessive bleeding disorder that primarily affects males. Emerging data support evidence for increased bleeding in female haemophilia A carriers despite factor VIII activity within the normal range.
AIM - Data regarding the effect of increased bleeding on health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) in haemophilia A carriers is sparse. We tested the hypothesis that haemophilia A carriers have reduced HR-QOL related to bleeding symptoms.
METHODS - We conducted a cross-sectional study at Vanderbilt University. Case subjects were obligate or genetically verified haemophilia A carriers age 18-60 years. Control subjects were mothers of children with cancer who receive care at the Vanderbilt paediatric haematology-oncology clinic. Trained interviewers administered the Rand 36-Item Health Survey 1.0, a validated questionnaire evaluating eight health concepts that may affect HR-QOL, to each study participant. Mann-Whitney U-tests were used to compare median scores for the eight health domains between the case and control groups.
RESULT - Forty-two haemophilia A carriers and 36 control subjects were included in analyses. Haemophilia A carriers had significantly lower median scores for the domains of 'Pain' (73.75 vs. 90; P = 0.02) and 'General health' (75 vs. 85; P = 0.01) compared to control subjects.
CONCLUSION - Haemophilia A carriers in our study demonstrated significantly lower median scores on the Rand 36-item Health Survey 1.0 in the domains of 'Pain' and 'General Health' compared to women in the control group. Our findings highlight the need for further investigation of the effect of bleeding on HR-QOL in this population.
© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.