Blood disorders are diseases that affect three main parts of the blood, namely, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Any kind of blood disorder affects the entire body. Blood disorders that affect RBC are anemia and thalassemia. Those that affect white blood cells are lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma. Common symptoms are weakness, fatigue, symptoms of cancer and death in some cases.
HOW IS BLOOD DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
Hematologists may order for complete blood count tests if they suspect blood disorders. In specific cases bone marrow biopsy may be done to confirm diagnosis.
HOW IS BLOOD DISORDERS TREATED?
The treatment plan depends on the stage of illness, age, and overall health status. The doctor may use a combination of treatments to help correct your blood cell disorder. He may recommend medication along with dietary supplements to treat anemia. Bone marrow transplants may repair or replace damaged marrow. A blood transfusion is another option to help replace lost or damaged blood cells.
DID YOU KNOW?
Steroids and other drugs can be used to stimulate better production of blood cells.