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  • Author: Mirjam Tuinhout x
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Abstract

Factor VII deficiency is a rare inheritable bleeding disorder that can be challenging to manage. Blood activity levels do not correlate with bleeding risk, and prophylaxis is a more difficult treatment option than for people with haemophilia due to the short half-life of factor VII. Acute bleeding manifestations and long-term complications are similar to those associated with haemophilia. This case study illustrates the psychological and physical impact of severe factor VII deficiency on a woman with impaired mobility due to haemarthropathy who must retain her independence to provide care for her elderly parents. She self-manages her joint pain and bleeding risk, but her life is limited by the need to avoid injury and her reluctance to engage fully with health services.