Confounders and confusers (part 2)

The “Confounders and confusers” series offers tips and tricks for differentiating easily confused terms. For part 2 of confounders and confusers, let’s talk hematology.

To differentiate between Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B and which clotting factor is defective in each condition, use the following trick:

Hemophilia A = Factor VIII    because “A” sounds a lot like the word “eight”

Hemophilia B = Factor IX      because “A” comes before “B” and “8” comes before “9”

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