Oral Corticosteroid Therapy as an Adjuvant Treatment for Acute Bleeding in Hemophilia Patients With High Titer Inhibitors
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Treatment options exist for patients with severe hemophilia and high titer factor VIII inhibitors but is often inadequate. Few studies have been conducted to evaluate the utility of short-term corticosteroid therapy for improvement in bleeding complications and temporary or sustained resolution of inhibitors in these patients. We describe 2 patients with acute muscular hematomas successfully treated with 4 to 5 days of oral adjuvant corticosteroid therapy resulting in improvement in their acute bleeds and temporary reduction of inhibitors. Thus, the addition of corticosteroids to traditional therapy of hemophilia with inhibitors may be beneficial in some patients. In those with impending compartment syndrome steroids may improve edema and bleeding symptoms preventing the need for surgical interventions.
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