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Hematology and Blood Disorders

  • Anemia

    Detailed information on anemia, including symptoms, diagnosis, causes, types, and treatment

  • Aplastic Anemia in Children

    Detailed information on aplastic anemia, including cause, symptom, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Hemophilia

    Detailed information on hemophilia, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Bleeding Disorders

    Detailed information on bleeding disorders, including Hemophilia and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura

  • Immune (Idiopathic) Thrombocytopenia Purpura

    Detailed information on idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Overview of Blood and Blood Components

    Human blood consists of about 22 percent solids and 78 percent water. The components of blood are plasma, fat globules, chemicals, and gases.

  • Pediatric Blood Disorders

    Detailed information on blood disorders, including Anemia, Aplastic Anemia, Hemolytic Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Megaloblastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Thalassemia, Alpha Thalassemia, Beta Thalassemia (Cooley's Anemia)

  • Hemolytic Anemia in Children

    Detailed information on aplastic anemia, including cause, symptom, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Home Page - Hematology and Blood Disorders in Children

    Detailed information on blood disorders, including Anemia, Aplastic Anemia, Hemolytic Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Megaloblastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Thalassemia, Alpha Thalassemia, Beta Thalassemia (Cooley's Anemia)

  • Iron Deficiency Anemia in Children

    Detailed information on aplastic anemia, including cause, symptom, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Leukemia

    Detailed information on leukemia in childhood, including symptoms, staging, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia in Children

    Detailed information on megaloblastic (pernicious) anemia, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Online Resources - Hematology and Blood Disorders in Children

    List of online resources to find additional information on blood disorders

  • Sickle Cell Disease in Children

    Sickle cell disease involves the red blood cells, or hemoglobin, and their ability to carry oxygen.

  • Topic Index - Hematology and Blood Disorders in Children

    Detailed information on blood disorders, including Anemia, Aplastic Anemia, Hemolytic Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Megaloblastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Thalassemia, Alpha Thalassemia, Beta Thalassemia (Cooley's Anemia)

  • Alpha Thalassemia in Children

    Detailed information on alpha thalassemia, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Beta Thalassemia (Cooley's Anemia) in Children

    Detailed information on beta thalassemia (Cooley's anemia), including diagnosis and treatment

  • Thalassemia

    Detailed information on thalassemias, including alpha thalassemia, beta thalassemia (Cooley's anemia)

  • Blood Donations/Blood Banking

    Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking

  • Hemoglobin C Disease

    Most people carry hemoglobin A in their red blood cells. Those who carry hemoglobin C, considered an abnormal variation, may develop hemoglobin C disease. This blood disorder develops because the red blood cells break down earlier than they should, leaving too few in the blood and leading to mild anemia.

  • Fanconi Anemia

    Fanconi anemia is a blood disorder in which the bone marrow doesn’t make enough blood cells or makes abnormal types of blood cells.

  • Diamond Blackfan Anemia

    Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare blood disorder that is usually diagnosed in children during their first year of life. Children with DBA do not make enough red blood cells – the cells that carry oxygen to all other cells in the body.

  • Hemoglobin E Trait

    Many people with hemoglobin E trait have no symptoms. Those with more severe hemoglobin E-related disorders may experience mild thalassemia, or anemialike symptoms, but even these are rare.

  • Von Willebrand Disease

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot. People with VWD may experience heavy bleeding after an injury, leading to physical damage or even death.

  • Diagnosing Anemia in Children

    In most cases, anemia can be diagnosed with a few simple blood tests. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be given a blood test to look for anemia at 6 months, 9 months, or 12 months of age.

  • Blood Donations and Blood Banking

    Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking

  • What Are Red Blood Cells?

    Red blood cells play an important role in your health by carrying fresh oxygen throughout the body. The oxygen gives your blood its bright red color.

  • What Are White Blood Cells?

    Think of white blood cells as your immunity cells. In a sense, they are continually at war. They flow through your bloodstream to battle viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders that threaten your health.

  • What Are Platelets?

    If one of your blood vessels gets damaged, it sends out signals that are picked up by platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of damage and form a plug, or clot, to repair the damage.

  • What Is Plasma?

    White blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets are essential to body function, but plasma also plays a crucial, and mostly unrecognized, job, carrying these blood components throughout the body as the fluid in which they travel.

  • What Are Stem Cells?

    Stem cells are special human cells that have the ability to develop into many different cell types, from muscle cells to brain cells. In some cases, they also have the ability to repair damaged tissues.

  • Blood Clotting Disorders in Children

    Clotting disorders are a group of conditions in which people are more likely than normal to experience excessive clotting. The medical term for this is thrombophilia. These disorders may first be spotted in childhood but are usually identified in adolescence and young adulthood.

  • Cord Blood Banking

    Cord blood banking is an option for parents who want to preserve the blood of the umbilical cord and placenta of their baby as “insurance” to help with possible future medical needs of their child.