In collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine, our experienced team offers a full range of services to diagnose and treat children with bleeding and clotting disorders, including hemophilia, thrombosis and von Willebrand disease.
What is hemostasis?
Hemostasis is the process that stops bleeding. There are many different types of genetic (present at birth) bleeding disorders, including:
- Hemophilia A
- Hemophilia B
- Von Willebrand disease
- Other rare factor deficiencies
- Platelet function disorders
A child with a bleeding disorder may have to cope with many different complications throughout his life, including:
- Unusual bleeds: Children who have a bleeding disorder may bleed longer or more than most people and may bleed more often. These bleeds can happen outside the body or inside within the joints or muscles.
- Joint damage: Bleeding in the joints or muscles cause pain, swelling and difficulty walking or moving.
- Inhibitors: Some children develop inhibitors that can make treatment more difficult. Inhibitors happen when a child’s immune system fights off the medicine used to treat the bleeding disorder.
What is thrombosis?
Thrombosis is blood clotting within a blood vessel. For most people, this process is healthy and normal. For children with a clotting disorder, a blood clot partly or fully blocks blood flow, which can lead to serious complications. If the clot moves to an important part of the body, like the brain or lungs, it can be deadly
Blood clotting disorders include:
- Arterial thrombosis
- Venous thrombosis