Hemarthrosis is bleeding into a joint. It often causes inflammation and pain.

Hemarthrosis is more likely to occur in people with bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia (a rare inherited condition), or in those who use blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin. It also can develop after an injury to a joint when blood vessels in the joint are also injured.

Treatment for hemarthrosis depends on the cause.

Current as of: March 12, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology