Blood Disorder Care

FLHO specializes in hematology, which is the diagnosis and treatment of problems relating to blood. We focus on blood disorders including but not limited to the following:

  • Myelodysplastic syndromes, MDS (a group of diseases in which the bone marrow does not make enough blood cells).
     
  • Myeloproliferative disorders, MPD (produce too many blood cells).
     
  • Anemia (too few red cells).
     
  • Neutropenia (too few bacteria-fighting white cells).
     
  • Neutrophilia (too many bacteria-fighting white blood cells).
     
  • Thrombocytopenia (too few platelets).
     
  • Chronic leukemias.

How Are Blood Disorders Treated?


Treatment of the above disorders varies with the cause. Whenever a drug or toxin is implicated as the cause of anemia, low white blood cell or low platelet counts, the offending agent must be removed. When an infection, inflammatory disease or other disorder, such as cancer, causes anemia, the underlying disease must be treated.

For vitamin or mineral deficiencies, the appropriate factor must be replaced and the reason for the deficiency identified. Immune disorders may be treated with immune suppressants such as prednisone (a corticosteroid) or other biological agents such as immunoglobulins or Rituxan. For inherited diseases such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, appropriate supportive care must be instituted.

For chronic leukemias, treatment options may include chemotherapy or other medications and support.

Whatever the disorder, FLHO's dedicated team of hematology physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and support staff has one focus: to help you feel better.


What Is Blood?


Red blood cells: Carry oxygen and other materials to all tissues of the body.

White blood cells: Fight infection and disease.

Platelets: Help prevent bleeding by causing blood clots to form.

Plasma: Liquid component of blood, in which the blood cells are suspended


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