Brian Leber MDCM FRCPC


Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an immune disorder in which the body attacks the cells responsible for blood clotting (platelets), resulting in bleeding. The cause of ITP is not known. People who have this disorder may have bruises or black-and-blue marks (purpura) on the skin. Internal bleeding is a more…

Aplastic Anemia

Aplastic anemia is a rare condition in which the bone marrow is unable to produce blood cells normally. The production of just some blood cells (such as red blood cells only) may be affected, or the production of all types of blood cells may be decreased. Symptoms of aplastic anemia include: Fatigue, weakness, or lack…

Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a rare genetic bleeding disorder in which a person inherits problems with certain blood clotting factors, making them unable to work properly. Blood-clotting factors are needed to help stop bleeding after a cut or injury and to prevent spontaneous bleeding. The hemophilia gene can contain many different…

Von Willebrand’s Disease

What is von Willebrand’s disease? Von Willebrand’s disease is a bleeding disorder. When you have this disease, it takes longer for your blood to form clots, so you bleed for a longer time than other people. Normally, when a person begins to bleed, small blood cells called platelets go to the site of the bleeding and…

Hemophilia: Preventing Bleeding Episodes

How can I care for myself? If you have hemophilia, you can take steps at home to prevent bleeding episodes and improve your health. Recognize bleeding symptoms. Be active, but exercise with care. Don’t take nonprescription medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Prevent injuries and accidents around your home…