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Factor VII deficiency

  • Alternative Names

    Extrinsic factor deficiency


    Treatment

    Patients can control bleeding episodes by receiving normal plasma, concentrates of factor VII, or genetically produced (recombinant) factor VII through a vein (intravenous). People need frequent treatment during bleeding episodes because factor VII does not last for long inside the body. A form of factor VII called NovoSeven can also be used.

    If a lack of vitamin K is causing the disorder, you can take vitamin K by mouth, through injections under the skin, or through a vein (intravenously).


    Support Groups

    You can often help the stress of illness by joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems. See hemophilia - resources.


    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome can be good with proper treatment.

    This is a life-long disorder if you get it from your parents. If it is caused by liver disease, the outcome depends on how well your liver problem can be treated.


    Complications
    • Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage)
    • Stroke or other nervous system problems from central nervous system bleeding
    • Joint problems in severe cases when bleeding happens often

    Calling your health care provider

    Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) if you have severe, unexplained bleeding.