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    • Alpha Thalassemia in Children

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

    • 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

    • Beta Thalassemia (Cooley's Anemia) in Children

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

    • Bleeding Disorders

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

    • 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.

    • Blood Donations / Blood Banking

      Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking

    • Blood Donations and Blood Banking

      Detailed information on blood donations and blood banking

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Glossary - Hematology and Blood Disorders in Children

      Online medical glossary of terms relating to hematology and blood disorders written for patients and consumers

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Hemolytic 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

    • 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)

    • Immune (Idiopathic) Thrombocytopenia Purpura

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

    • Iron Deficiency Anemia

      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

    • 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)

    • Sickle Cell Disease in Children

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

    • Thalassemia

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

    • 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)

    • 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.

    • 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 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 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.

    • 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 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.