Blood Disorders Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

What Are Hypereosinophilic Syndromes?
Hypereosinophilic syndromes are a group of rare disorders with high levels of eosinophils which cause damage to organs such as skin or lungs.

What Is Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn?
Hemolytic disease of the newborn is a mismatch in red blood cells between mother and fetus which can cause significant anemia and other problems. Learn more here.

Hemophilia
Hemophila is an inherited condition where the person is missing a blood factor need to clot the blood which results in excessive bleeding.

G6PD Deficiency
Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the most common enzyme deficiency in the world with approximately 400 million people affected.

7 Things You Should Avoid If You Have G6PD Deficiency
Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is a hemolytic anemia secondary to a decreased amount of G6PD, an enzyme in the red blood cells.

Immunizations: Important Care in Sickle Cell Disease
People with sickle cell disease are at increased risk of serious bacterial infection. This risk can be reduced with appropriate immunizations.

What Is a Bleeding Disorder?
A bleeding disorder occurs when the body cannot form a clot properly due a problem in our coagulation (bleeding and clotting) system.

Sickle-Cell Disease—Types, Symptoms, and Treatment
Sickle-cell disease is an inherited anemia where the red blood cells are shaped like a pointed banana or sickle.

Sickle Cell Anemia and Hydroxyurea
In sickle cell anemia, hydroxyurea helps the body produce more fetal hemoglobin which helps keep red blood cell round instead of sickled.

Blood Transfusions and Sickle Cell Disease
Red blood cell transfusions are a long standing treatment in sickle cell disease (SCD). Let's review some of the common reasons here.

Beta Thalassemia: What Happens When the Body Can't Produce Hemoglobin?
Beta thalassemia is an inherited anemia where the body is unable to produce beta globin normally resulting in little to no hemoglobin A (adult).

What Is Alpha Thalassemia?
Alpha thalassemia is an inherited anemia where the bone marrow has reduced production of alpha globin resulting in limited hemoglobin A.

My Child Has Sickle Cell Disease—Now What?
You just found out that your child has sickle cell disease, so now what do you do? Let's go over some important facts and questions you may have.

A Complete Overview of Thalassemia
Thalassemia is a inherited hemolytic anemia caused by inadequate production of a protein needed in red blood cells. Learn more about it here.

11 Things You May Not Know About Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States and millions worldwide. Learn more important facts about the condition.

New and Upcoming Treatments for Primary Myelofibrosis
If first line treatments aren't effective in treating your myelofibrosis, your physician may look to clinical trials to choose a new treatment.

Mastocytosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Mastocytosis is a group of disorders where mast cells gather in the skin (cutaneous) or multiple organs (systemic) causing

The 8 Types of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Myeloproliferative neoplasms are a group of disorders characterized the overproduction of blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets).

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms: Why Is My Spleen Enlarged?
Splenomegaly (large spleen) is commonly found in polycythemia vera and primary myelofibrosis. There are treatments to reduce the size of the spleen.

What Are the Results of a Complete Blood Count?
CBC or complete blood count. A lab test requiring blood to be drawn from a vein. It is one of the most commonly drawn lab test.

What Is Pancytopenia and Its Symptoms?
Pancytopenia refers to a decrease in all three blood cells: white, red, and platelets. It can be caused by myelofibrosis or other reasons.

What Blood Disorders Can Be Detected On Newborn Screen?
There are several blood disorders that can be identified on the newborn screen, which includes sickle-cell disease, hemoglobin C, and more.

Can My Child With Hemophilia Play Sports?
Learning that your son has hemophilia can be life changing. A common question is, “Can he play sports?” The answer is yes, but with conditions.

What Is Therapeutic Phlebotomy?
Phlebotomy is the removal of blood to reduce the number of red blood cells. It sounds like an old practice but is helfpul for several conditions.

What Are the Treatment Options for Primary Myelofibrosis?
Primary myelofibrosis one of several disorders classified as a myeloproliferative neoplasm. Treatment is determined by disease severity and symptoms.

Treatment Options for Polycythemia Vera
Polycythemia vera is condition where a genetic mutation results in too many red blood cells. Treatment options are focused on preventing blood clots.

Treatment Choices in Essential Thrombocythemia
Genetic mutations in essential thrombocythemia lead to extremely high platelet counts. Treatment is focused on preventing complications.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Primary Myelofibrosis
Multiple treatments are available for primary myelofibrosis but transplantation is reserved for people with intermediate-2 and high-risk disease.

I Need a Bone Marrow Biopsy, What Does That Mean?
The bone marrow biopsy test consists of removal of a small piece of bone marrow (biopsy) as well as the liquid in the bone marrow (aspirate). Learn what to expect.

Chronic ITP: Options for When ITP Doesn't Resolve
A small number of children and the majority of adults with ITP will develop chronic ITP. Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options.

What Is May Thurner Syndrome?
May Thurner Syndrome or iliac vein compression syndrome occurs when the right common iliac artery crosses over the left common iliac vein. Learn more here.

Screening and Preventing Stroke in Sickle Cell Anemia
Stroke is one the most devastating complications of sickle cell disease. With the right screening, risk in children can be significantly reduced.

What Is Sickle Cell Trait?
A person with sickle cell trait inherited a copy of the sickle cell gene, a piece of passed down DNA. It's not a disease, so why does it matter?

7 Risk Factors for Lead Poisoning
Despite laws eliminating lead from products from paint to gasoline, lead poisoning remains an issue in the United States.

How Does Myelofibrosis Affect Your Blood Cells?
Myelofibrosis is a condition where scarring (fibrosis) forms in the bone marrow. Learn more about it and the treatments available.

What Is Hereditary Spherocytosis?
Hereditary Spherocytosis is an inherited condition. The red blood cells cannot keep their normal shape and become spherocytes (round like a globe).

What is Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia?
Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia is a rare condition of platelet mismatch in mother and her infant; similar to Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn.

What is Neutropenia?
Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that fight infections. Neutropenia refers to a low neutrophil count.

What is Thrombocytopenia?
Platelets are one of our blood cells that help us to stop bleeding. Thrombocytopenia is defined as a platelet count less than 150,000 cells/mL.

What is Scurvy?
Scurvy is more than a disease of the past associated with pirates. It is a severe deficiency of Vitamin C that can cause multiple medical issues including bleeding.

What is Severe Congenital Neutropenia?
Severe congenital neutropenia is a very rare condition with a very low neutrophil count increasing the risk of serious bacterial infections.

What is Fanconi Anemia?
Fanconi Anemia is a rare inherited bone marrow failure syndrome characterized by pancytopenia and physical abnormalities.

What Is Diamond Blackfan Anemia?
Diamond Blackfan Anemia is an inherited anemia where the bone marrow cannot make sufficient amounts of red blood cells.

Transient Erythroblastopenia of Childhood
Transient Erythroblastopenia of Childhood is a self-limited anemia; it is the most common cause for decreased red blood cell production in childhood.

3 Things to Consider Prior to Removing Your Spleen for Spherocytosis
Splenectomy is a common treatment used for hereditary spherocytosis but risks and benefits should be carefully weighed.

7 Ways to Prevent Infection if You Have Neutropenia
Neutropenia, particularly less 500 cells per microliter, increases your risk of serious infection. Here's what you can do to prevent infections.

What is Eosinophilia?
Eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, destroy parasites and participate in inflammation. Elevated eosinophil count is called eosinophilia.

What is Cyclic Neutropenia?
Cyclic neutropenia is a condition where the neutrophil count (a specific white blood cell) becomes severely low approximately every 21 days (cycle).

Von Willebrand Disease
Von Willebrand Disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, affecting approximately 1% of the population.

Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
TTP is a rare life-threatening blood disorder causing clots to form in the blood. It results from low levels of ADAMTS13 enzyme in the blood.

Evans Syndrome
Evans Syndrome is a combination of 2 or more disorders, where your immune system attack your white blood cells, red blood cells and/or platelets.

When Is Iron Deficiency Anemia Not What It Appears to Be?
People who have thalassemia trait might be mislabeled as iron deficiency anemia. There are two major types of thalassemia, alpha and beta.

Hemoglobin Variants
Hearing your child has an abnormal hemoglobin on newborn screen can be scary. Let's review what this means in more detail.

What Is Shwachman Diamond Syndrome?
Shwachman Diamond Syndrome (SDS) is one of the inherited bone marrow failure syndromes associated with neutropenia and pancreatic dysfunction. Learn more here.

What Is Cold Agglutinin Disease?
Cold agglutinin disease is an autoimmune hemolytic anemia; antibodies cause your red blood cells to clump together (agglutinate), leading to destruction.

Why Does My Infant Have a Low White Blood Cell Count?
Autoimmune neutropenia is a condition where the neutrophils are made normally but are destroyed prematurely due to an anti-neutrophil antibody.

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (Menorrhagia)
Determining the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding can be challenging and may need a gynecologist and hematologist working together.

Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) Symptoms and Treatment
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a condition where your body’s immune system attacks and destroys your platelets causing low platelet counts

Donating Blood
Donating blood is a relatively simple procedure. The blood center staff will have you answer a series of questions to ensure you are healthy enough to donate

How are blood clots treated?
If you have been diagnosed with a blood clot, your next question is naturally, what is the treatment? There are multiple treatments choices

Polycythemia: Can You Have Too Many Red Blood Cells?
Polycythemia or erythrocytosis is a condition where the bone marrow makes too many red blood cells. Certain procedures and medications can help.

What Is Aplastic Anemia?
Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow disorder, where our bone marrow is unable to produce red blood cells, platelets, or white blood cells in normal amounts.

What Is Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia?
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is an acquired condition where the immune system attacks and destroys the red blood cells leading to anemia.

8 Things That Elevate Your Platelet Count
An elevated platelet count, thrombocytosis, is defined as a platelet count more than 450,000 cells per microliter. What causes it?

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11 Foods to Help Prevent Iron Deficiency
A diet containing iron-rich foods is essential to preventing iron deficiency anemia, the most common nutritional deficiency.

A Review of Platelet Function Disorders
Platelet function disorders are a group of inherited or acquired bleeding disorders where the platelets do not function appropriately.

8 Treatment Recommendations for People with Sickle Cell Anemia
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute issued guidelines for management of sickle cell disease in 2014; this is a review some of the recommendations.

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9 Things You Didn't Know About Blood Transfusions
Blood transfusions are a necessary treatment for several different bleeding disorders. Let's review some facts about blood transfusions.

8 Risk Factors for Blood Clots
Blood clots are a collection of blood cells that block blood flow in the veins or the arteries. Let's discuss some risk factors for clots.

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