Regular MRI Scans May Help Assess Joint Damage Risk in Hemophilia A

Regular MRI Scans May Help Assess Joint Damage Risk in Hemophilia A

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Regular MRI Scans May Help Assess Joint Damage Risk in Hemophilia A

Preventive treatment with factor VIII (FVIII) — the missing blood clotting protein in hemophilia A — was not fully effective at preventing MRI-detected joint changes in boys with severe disease, according to a Canadian study. Regular evaluation of joints by MRI or ultrasounds, however, may help in identifying those at risk of severe joint damage and in tailoring the frequency of preventive replacement therapy to preserve joint health, its authors noted. The study, “Magnetic resonance…

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