Everyone is different. So, your child's treatment plan should be made to fit his unique situation. Most importantly, treatment is based on the type of inhibitor a person has.
Most patients with inhibitors begin treatments with factor replacement therapy. If that does not work, then they move on to bypassing agents.4,5
Everyone's Treatment Is Different
It is important to talk with your doctor or hemophilia care team about your child's inhibitor levels and treatment choices. For some people, treatment plans may include trying to eliminate the inhibitors or treatment with bypassing agents.
- Factor replacement therapy. People with low responding inhibitors may be treated with clotting factor concentrates (factors VIII or IX). In people with low inhibitor levels, this may be enough to overcome the inhibitor and form a blood clot (and stop bleeding).4,5
- Bypassing agents. These work by bypassing the need for factor VIII or factor IX. There are 2 bypassing agents now available to treat hemophilia with inhibitors3,5:
These treatments work in somewhat different ways. Your child may respond differently to each of them. A complete treatment plan may include both types of bypassing agents. Decisions regarding all treatment options available to your child should be discussed with your doctor or hemophilia treatment team.