Epidemiological data and treatment strategies in children with severe haemophilia in Italy

Ann Ist Super Sanita. Oct-Dec 2020;56(4):437-443. doi: 10.4415/ANN_20_04_05.


Objectives: In a period of important therapeutic changes in the field of haemophilia care, we provide updated statistics on children with severe haemophilia (0-12 years of age) in Italy.

Methods: Data presented are from the Italian National Registry of Congenital Coagulopathies (NRCC) - survey 2017.

Results: Children with severe Haemophilia A (HA) were 242, those with severe haemophilia B (HB) 48. Prophylaxis was adopted in 92.1% of individuals with severe HA and 88.6% with severe HB. Thirty-nine children (14.8%) were on treatment for inhibitors. FVIII prescribed to children with severe HA represented 11.1% of the total consumption, of which 4.6% was extended half-life (EHL). FIX given to children with HB accounted for 7.2% of the total FIX, of which 19.1% was EHL-FIX.

Conclusion: The paediatric population analysed is characterized by a great adherence to therapy, so this data may constitute a benchmark for use of new, alternative therapies in the coming years.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Hemophilia A / drug therapy*
  • Hemophilia A / epidemiology*
  • Hemophilia B / drug therapy*
  • Hemophilia B / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Severity of Illness Index