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2020 Sep

Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis



Chronic pain in patients with hemophilia: is it preventable?


Visweshwar N, Zhang Y, Joseph H, Jaglal M, Ayala I
Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2020 Sep; 31(6):346-352.
PMID: 32815911.


: Current management of chronic pain in patients with hemophilia (PWH) focuses on pain relief with analgesics and symptom control. The clinical practice of managing chronic pain in PWH varies considerably across hemophilia treatment centers. Here, we aim to study the appropriate intervention of hemophilic arthropathy for prevention and treatment of chronic pain in PWH. Medline, Embase, Cochrane databases were searched for randomized controlled trials, and the European Hemophilia Therapy Standardization Board, The World Federation of Hemophilia, Nordic Hemophilia Guidelines, American Society of the International Pain Physicians and the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council guidelines were studied through November 2019 for chronic pain in PWH for a narrative review. We found no standardized approach for the prevention and management of chronic pain in PWH. Evidence suggests that prophylactic factor concentrate therapy, programmed exercise and educational intervention may help PWH manage their chronic pain.