Men with severe hemophilia in the United States: birth cohort analysis of a large national database

Marshall A. Mazepa, Paul E. Monahan, Judith R. Baker, Brenda K. Riske and J. Michael Soucie

Key points

  • Prospectively collected data on demographics, complications, and mortality are described for 4,899 U.S. men with severe hemophilia.

  • Analyzing multiple birth cohorts of U.S. men with severe and mild hemophilia demonstrates ongoing morbidity in need of surveillance.


The availability of longitudinal data collected prospectively from 1998 to 2011 at federally funded United States hemophilia treatment centers (U.S. HTCs) provided an opportunity to construct a descriptive analysis of how outcomes of men with severe hemophilia have been altered by the incremental advances and setbacks in hemophilia care in the last 50 years in the U.S. This surveillance collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assembled the largest uniformly examined population with severe hemophilia (n = 4,899 men with severe factor VIII and IX deficiency). To address the heterogeneity of this population, four successive birth cohorts, differentially affected by "eras" of hemophilia care, were examined separately in regards to demographics, complications of hemophilia and its treatment, and mortality. Severely affected men in each birth cohort were compared also to the corresponding mild hemophilia birth cohorts (n = 2587 men total) to control for outcomes that might be attributable to aging and environment independent of severely defective hemostasis. The analysis demonstrates improving access to standard of care therapy, correlating the proportion of men on prophylactic factor replacement and reduced bleeding frequency for the youngest men. Frequent bleeding persisted in one third to one half of men across all ages, however, and the disability gap between severe and mild hemophilia did not narrow. The greatest cause of death was liver failure but attempted anti-hepatitis C virus therapy and cure were low. The study suggests a continued need for national surveillance to monitor and inform hemophilia interventions and outcomes.

  • Submitted October 13, 2015.
  • Accepted January 18, 2016.