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Joint bleeds (haemathrosis) are the single most crippling complication of severe haemophilia and can result in chronic disabling arthritis. While not life threatening they should never be left untreated, no matter how mild they appear. Signs and symptoms of a joint bleed are, pain, a reluctance to move the affected joint, swelling and warmth.

Definition from the South African Haemophilia Foundation: Haemathrosis

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