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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
We tailor treatment plans for you to live an active life
Blood disorders are as unique as you are. That’s why our team has the expertise to treat both bleeding and thrombosis issues, allowing us to develop a personalized treatment plan exclusively for you.
From the most common to the rarest, we treat a wide range of blood disorders. Many are passed down from our parents or acquired from another medical issue, and can be related to either bleeding or clotting. Disorders we treat include:
- Factor deficiencies, including hemophilia, fibrinogen deficiency and dysfibrinogenemia.
- Platelet disorders, including von Willebrand’s disease, storage pool disease, Glanzmann thrombasthenia, Bernard soulier’s and other inherited platelet disorders.
Thrombosis and clotting conditions:
- Genes (Factor V Leiden, Prothrombin G20210A)
- Deficiencies (protein C, protein S, Antithrombin III)
- Dysfibrinogenemia and abnormalities of the fibrinolytic system
- Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (cardiolipin antibodies/lupus anticoagulant)
- Von Willebrand’s disease. The most common inherited bleeding disorder in the U.S.
- Hemophilia A or B. More well-known, but rare inherited bleeding disorders.
- Factors II, V, VII, X, XI or XIII deficiencies. These are related to abnormal blood clotting or bleeding problems.
- Thrombosis. The forming of a blood clot in an artery or vein that blocks the flow of blood through the body. A pulmonary embolism is a blot clot in the lungs.
Certain medical conditions may also increase your risk for a bleeding or clotting disorder. These include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Hormone replacement therapy
Signs and symptoms
The symptoms of a bleeding or clotting disorder may vary. You should see a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Swelling in a leg or arm
- Leg or arm is warm to the touch
- Excessive bruising
- Excessive bleeding from small cuts or minor injuries
- Unexplained nosebleeds
- Leg pain described as a cramp or charley horse
- Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
Diagnosis and treatment
Blood tests are used to make a diagnosis of your condition. These may include:
- Bleeding time test or Platelet Function Assay. Measures how fast small blood vessels in the skin stop bleeding.
- Complete blood count test Measures the amount of red and white blood cells in your body.
- Prothrombin and Partial thromboplastin time tests. Measure how long it takes for blood to clot.
- Platelet aggregation test. Measures how well your blood cells (platelets) clump together at the site of an injury.
Because each person’s condition is unique, we evaluate your condition and determine the best treatment plan for you. The treatment plan is based on many factors, such as your family history, overall health and severity of your blood disorder. We work in partnership with you to create a treatment plan that improves your quality of life while meeting your medical, social and physical needs.
We also specialize in managing any pain caused by your condition.
Treatment options for bleeding or clotting disorders may vary, depending on your condition and its severity. These preferred options are effective for controlling and managing your condition.
- Replacement therapy. The best practice treatment option for bleeding disorders like von Willebrand disease and hemophilia. Concentrations created from proteins or made from human blood are injected into a vein and replace the clotting factor that is low or missing in your body.
- Immunosuppressant therapy or Porcine factor therapy. For patients with acquired hemophilia.
- Medications, given in pill form or into a vein.
- Topical medications like thrombin gel or fibrin glue applied directly to the place on or in the body.
- Blood thinners, or anticoagulants, is the best practice treatment option for clotting disorders like thrombosis. The most common are heparin and low molecular weight heparin, both of which are given by injection under the skin or into a vein. A third anticoagulant called warfarin is given as a pill.
- A newer group of anticoagulant medicines given in pill form are effective for patients with different kinds of clotting disorders. Unlike warfarin, it does not require blood testing.
- Antiplatelet medicine helps to prevent clots from forming and growing.
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