What is Paediatric Haematology?
Paediatric Haematology is a sub speciality of paediatrics focusing on blood disorders. There are many blood disorders that are unique to children and other blood disorders that occur in both children and adults.
Diseases of the blood (leukaemia) and lymphoid glands (lymphoma and myeloma) are usually treated by a haematologist.
Haematologists may also treat genetic disorders such as haemophilia and thalassemia, blood clotting disorders including the development of a blood clot and bone marrow disorders that may require bone marrow transplantation.
Specialist haematologists also manage patients who require blood transfusions.
Many haematologists also work in a diagnostic laboratory examining microscopic samples of blood and bone marrow or performing specialised investigations to establish a diagnosis in patients with blood disorders.
COMMON DISORDERS THAT PAEDIATRIC HAEMATOLOGISTS CARE FOR INCLUDE:
- Assessment and investigation of the child with easy bruising
- Investigation of a familial bleeding disorder
- pre-operative work up
- Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)
- Management of von Willebrand’s disorder
- Anaemia in children – diagnostic and management problems
- Assessment of neutropenia and lymphopenia in children
- Thrombocytopenia in neonates
- Thromboembolic disease in children
- Prothrombotic abnormalities
- Transfusion issues
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