About Hemorrhagic Arthritis And Its Causes

Arthritis is known as joint inflammation that occurs in one or the other joints. The area where two bones meet is known as joint. There are more than 100 kinds of arthritis. One of the common forms of arthritis is the Hemorrhagic Arthritis.

The cartilage is also broken down in this kind of arthritis. The joints are usually protected by the cartilage and thus it is allowed to move smoothly. Shock is also absorbed by the cartilage.  Without the normal cartilage, the bones are rubbed together. Thus a lot of swelling and pain is caused in the joints along with stiffness and inflammation.  In hemorrhagic arthritis, the joint inflammation results from:

  • Broken bone
  • Auto immune disease
  • General wear and tear on joints
  • Infection usually due to a virus or bacteria

The inflammation of joints usually goes away after the cause goes away or is treated. However, sometimes, it doesn’t go away.  The occurrence of this arthritis may be found in men and women. This type of arthritis is very common.

This is mainly caused by trauma. If trauma is absent, it is suggested that the cause of it is the presence of bleeding diatheses, such as coagulopathy or hemophilia. Other rare causes include pigmented villonodular synoyitis or joint neoplasm. Acute cases of this are seen in male patients with classic hemophilia.

The most commonly affected area is the knee. Then it is followed by the ankle and the knee. Large joints may also be involved. The bleeding is initiated by some degree of joint trauma. Therapy for hemorrhagic arthritis involves replacing the deficient clotting factor.  It also involves the aspiration of hemarthrosis in some cases as well as immobilization and analgesia. In severe hemorrhage, repeat doses of clotting factor may be necessary.