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Factor XIII deficiency is a rare blood disorder. People with the disorder have low levels of blood clotting factor XIII, leading to poor blood clotting, delayed wound healing, and abnormal bleeding. Factor XIII deficiency can be inherited or acquired. The inherited form affects 1–3 people per million people worldwide. Many never have significant enough symptoms to lead to a diagnosis.

People with factor XIII deficiency can bleed internally even after mild bumps or bruises. The blood can collect in surrounding soft tissues, and over time, it can form large cysts that cause nerve damage and destroy bone. Mild head trauma can lead to brain and spinal cord hemorrhage.

About 25 percent of people with factor XIII deficiency can experience brain and spinal cord hemorrhage after mild head trauma. Although the bleeding might stop on its own, it is still a serious risk factor for patients. Symptoms can include headaches, vomiting, seizures, and problems with speech, vision, and hearing.

Other symptoms can include blood in the urine, poor wound healing, abnormal wound bleeding, and blood blisters inside the abdomen. Pregnant women can miscarry if they don’t receive treatment. In men, factor XIII deficiency can cause low sperm counts or sterility. These problems often do not respond to treatment.

People with factor XIII deficiency should be careful using aspirin or other medications that can cause bleeding.

There are two types of factor XIII deficiency: inherited and acquired.

Inherited Factor XIII Deficiency
Inherited factor XIII deficiency stems from mutations of two genes that together control the body’s production of factor XIII. The mutations reduce the amount of functional factor XIII in the blood, potentially lowering it to less than 5 percent of normal levels.

Acquired Factor XIII Deficiency
Acquired factor XIII deficiency can be caused by several medical conditions, including hepatitis, cirrhosis, inflammatory bowel disease, overwhelming bacterial infections, several types of cancer, and abnormal immune system activation. The acquired form of the deficiency is relatively mild, with blood levels of factor XIII at 20–70 percent of normal. Patients usually don’t have bleeding episodes if levels are above 10 percent of normal.

Inherited factor XIII deficiency can be treated with Corifact® (factor XIII concentrate [human]), generally infused every 3-4 weeks for prophylactic dosing. Alternatively, patients with factor XIII A subunit deficiency can also be treated with Tretten® (coagulation factor XIII A-subunit [recombinant]). Because the blood only needs about 10 percent of the standard level of factor XIII to respond normally to trauma, the doses can be small. Patients can also receive transfusions of cryoprecipitates (blood plasma), but this is an emergency measure.

Corifact and Tretten are available through Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group. Patients on these medications must be careful not to exceed the labeled dose, as high doses can lead to abnormal clotting and side effects.

Sources: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, Genetics Home Reference, MedScape

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At Diplomat, we want our patients to have everything they need to feel supported. That’s why we provide disease–state specific education materials to keep them and their loved ones informed.

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We understand that navigating the complex health care system can be a burden. We try to lighten it by providing advocacy services that offer personalized help when patients need it. If necessary, our patients receive prior authorization and appeals assistance. Our benefits investigation team helps them every step of the way.

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In-Home Care

We offer in-home services to make care more convenient for patients and reduce the burden on caregivers. We are passionate about adherence and want our patients to have successful treatments; in-home care reduces costs and helps patients maintain independence.

Shipping

We do everything we can to ensure the right medications arrive on time in the right place. Diplomat coordinates with a third-party carrier to facilitate delivery per patient’s or prescriber’s instructions. We don’t let anything get between a patient and their treatment.

Education

At Diplomat, we want our patients to have everything they need to feel supported. That’s why we provide disease–state specific education materials to keep them and their loved ones informed.

Advocacy

We understand that navigating the complex health care system can be a burden. We try to lighten it by providing advocacy services that offer personalized help when patients need it. If necessary, our patients receive prior authorization and appeals assistance. Our benefits investigation team helps them every step of the way.

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In-Home Care

We offer in-home services to make care more convenient for patients and reduce the burden on caregivers. To help patients maintain independence, we provide in-home nurses and training for those who wish to self-administer treatments outside of a clinical setting.

Shipping

We do everything we can to ensure the right medications arrive on time in the right place. Diplomat coordinates with a third-party carrier to facilitate delivery according to your instructions or those of your doctor.

Education

At Diplomat, we want our patients to have everything they need to feel supported. That’s why we provide disease–state specific education materials to keep you and your loved ones informed.

Advocacy

We understand that navigating the complex health care system can be a burden. We try to lighten it by providing advocacy services that offer personalized help when patients need it. If you need copay assistance, our funding team goes to work, connecting you with the third-party organizations that can help. We’re here for you every step of the way.

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    STABILIZE helps factor XIII deficiency patients by providing personal care representatives, home-delivery of factor, education, reimbursement coordination and more.

  • REBUILD logo

    Physical therapy is key to comprehensive hemophilia management. REBUILD facilitates training and connections between hemophilia patients and their local physical therapists.

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