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Hematology and Blood Disorders

  • Anemia in Children

    Anemia is a common problem in children. A child who has anemia does not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a type of protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen to other cells in the body.

  • Aplastic Anemia in Children

    Aplastic anemia is a serious condition in which the bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells.

  • Hemophilia in Children

    Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder. Children with hemophilia can’t stop bleeding because they don’t have enough clotting factor in their blood. Clotting factors are needed for blood to clot. Blood clots to prevent excessive bleeding.

  • Bleeding Disorders

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

  • ImmuneThrombocytopenic Purpura in Children

    ITP is a blood disorder that causes a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood. Platelets help stop bleeding. So, a decrease in platelets can result in easy bruising, bleeding gums, and bleeding inside the body. The lower the platelet count, the greater the risk of bleeding.

  • Overview of Blood and Blood Components

    Human blood consists of about 22% solids and 78% 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

    The hemolytic anemias are a group of disorders in which the red blood cells are destroyed faster than the bone marrow can make them. The term for destruction of red blood cells is hemolysis.

  • 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

    Anemia is a common health problem in children. The most common cause of anemia is not getting enough iron. A child who is anemic does not have enough red blood cells or enough hemoglobin.

  • Leukemia in Children

    Leukemia is cancer of the blood. It’s the most common form of cancer in childhood. The cancer cells grow in bone marrow and go into the blood.

  • Megaloblastic Anemia in Children

    Anemia is a problem in which there are not enough red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. In megaloblastic anemia, the bone marrow, where the cells are formed, makes fewer cells. And the cells that are formed don’t live as long as normal.

  • 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 is an inherited blood disorder that causes a problem with the hemoglobin. This is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body.

  • 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

    Alpha thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. This means it is passed down through the parent’s genes. It causes anemia in affected children. Anemia is a low red blood cell or low hemoglobin level. Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells. It carries oxygen to organs, tissues, and cells. Alpha thalassemia affects the production of hemoglobin.

  • Beta Thalassemia in Children

    Beta thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. This means it is passed down through the parent’s genes. It is a form of anemia. Anemia is a low red blood cell or low hemoglobin level. Hemoglobin is part of red blood cells. It carries oxygen to organs, tissues, and cells. Beta thalassemia affects the production of hemoglobin.

  • 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 in Children

    Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs. Hemoglobin C disease is caused by abnormal hemoglobin.

  • Fanconi Anemia

    Fanconi anemia is a blood disorder. With this condition, the bone marrow doesn't make enough blood cells. Or it makes defective blood cells.

  • Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA)

    Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare blood disorder. Children with DBA do not make enough red blood cells. These are the cells that carry oxygen to all other cells in the body.

  • Hemoglobin E Trait

    Hemoglobin E trait is an inherited blood disorder. That means it is passed down through your parent’s genes. It occurs most often in people of Southeast Asian descent. Many people with hemoglobin E trait have no symptoms.

  • Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)

    Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited disorder that affects the blood's ability to clot.

  • 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.

  • What Are Red Blood Cells?

    Red blood cells play an important role in your health by carrying fresh oxygen throughout the body.

  • 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. It carries 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 have excessive clotting.They are often inherited.

  • 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.