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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 985703, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2011/985703
Research Article

Multiple Comorbid Conditions among Middle-Aged and Elderly Hemophilia Patients: Prevalence Estimates and Implications for Future Care

1Department of Pediatrics and Gulf States Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA
2Department of Internal Medicine and Gulf States Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Received 21 March 2011; Revised 27 May 2011; Accepted 7 July 2011

Academic Editor: Arshad Jahangir

Copyright © 2011 Aroub A. Khleif et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. Advances in hemophilia care and treatment have led to increases in the life expectancy among hemophiliacs. As a result, persons with hemophilia are reaching an older age and experiencing various age-related health conditions never seen before in this population. Aim. To determine the prevalence of comorbidities among middle-aged and elderly hemophilia A and hemophilia B patients. Methods. Retrospective chart review among all hemophilia patients, who attended the Gulf States Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center. Results. All patients had at least one comorbid condition other than hemophilia, and the majority had between 3 and 6 comorbidities. The most common conditions identified were chronic hepatitis C, hypertension, HIV, chronic arthropathy, and overweight/obesity. Conclusions. Since persons with comorbidities are more likely to have poorer health outcomes and require greater care in managing their health needs, caring for aging hemophiliacs is likely to pose various social and economic challenges for both patients and providers.