People with bleeding disorders worldwide in 2021, by condition
There are multiple types of hemophilia and bleeding disorders including hemophilia A, hemophilia B and various platelet disorders. Globally, hemophilia A has the largest distribution of people living with a bleeding disorder, followed by von Willebrand disease. Life expectancy for hemophilia has dramatically increased since the advent of medicine to help combat the disorder. Modern medical treatments have extended the life expectancy of a hemophilia patient from 30 to 68 years.
In the U.S. alone there are over 18 thousand patients with hemophilia and 13.5 thousand with von Willebrand disease. Hemophilia A is more common than hemophilia B. In the U.S. around 14 thousand patients had hemophilia A as of 2021. Comparatively, just 4.3 thousand patients had hemophilia B at that time. While hemophilia and other bleeding disorders can affect persons of any ethnicity, von Willebrand patients in the U.S. are largely white or Caucasian. In 2022, over 80 percent of von Willebrand patients were white.