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Blood Diseases & Disorders

Blood Diseases & Disorders

If you or a loved one live with a blood disease or a bleeding disorder not related to cancer that affects proper clotting, the right treatment makes a difference in how you feel every day and can even save your life. That’s why you want to get your care from OU Health in Oklahoma City. At OU Health, you’ll find a dedicated team of hematology experts who can help you stay healthy and live a productive, independent life.

Nationally Recognized Care for Blood Diseases & Disorders

When you choose OU Health to help you care for a blood disease or disorder, you gain access to Oklahoma’s only comprehensive center for hemophilia and thrombophilia care. As one of approximately 140 such centers in the United States, OU Health offers specialized care recognized by the National Hemophilia Foundation and as part of a nationwide network supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Specialized Care for Common & Rare Blood Conditions

In addition to expert care from OU Health’s hematologist-oncologists for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma through our Stephenson Cancer Center, you also benefit from specialized treatment for anemias, disorders of white blood cells, sickle cell disease, platelet disorders, hepatitis, bone marrow failure and more than 100 rare blood diseases and bleeding and clotting disorders, including hemophilia and thrombophilia.

Hemophilia

With hemophilia, blood lacks standard factors needed to clot properly and prevent your body from losing too much blood. Often diagnosed during childhood, the three most common types are:

  • Hemophilia A – Classic hemophilia; blood lacks clotting factor VIII

  • Hemophilia B – Christmas disease; clotting factor IX deficiency

  • Hemophilia C – Clotting factor XI deficiency

While symptoms of hemophilia can vary, signs include bleeding into joints, easy and unexplained bruising, excessive bleeding from minor cuts or injuries, frequent nosebleeds or heavy menstrual bleeding.

Thrombophilia

With thrombophilia, excess clotting blocks blood vessels, which can cause deep-vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. The two types of thrombophilia are:

  • Venous thrombosis – Happens when a blood clot blocks a vein that carries blood from the body back to the heart

  • Arterial thrombosis – Happens when a blood clot blocks an artery carrying oxygen-rich blood away from the heart and into the body

Your doctor may perform a blood test for thrombophilia if you have a family history of thrombosis or if you experience more than one blood-clotting event, thrombosis in unusual areas of your body, recurrent miscarriages or trouble conceiving a baby.

Personalized Services & Treatment from Hematology Experts

At OU Health, you can take advantage of personalized, family-centered services and treatments for bleeding and clotting disorders that involve ongoing, consistent supervision of all medical and psychosocial aspects of your condition. Your OU Health team of hematology experts works with you and your family to develop an individualized treatment plan designed to address all aspects of your life – your physical health, as well as emotional, psychological, educational, financial and career components – to ensure you receive the most appropriate care for your specific situation.

The Treatment Center Difference

Your treatment at OU Health gives you access to the latest medical care, as well as innovative treatment options from extensive research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and from Phase I clinical trials conducted in our Oklahoma City facilities. Depending on your particular condition, you and your doctor may choose medical approaches, gene therapy, advanced CAR-T and T-cell therapies or Oklahoma’s only stem cell transplant and cell therapy program accredited by FACT, the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy.

In addition, you benefit from our participation in the national network of Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTC), where experts deliver comprehensive treatment for blood-related diseases and disorders. Treatment at HTCs has been shown to significantly improve quality of life by lowering complications, providing cost-effective, long-term care with 40 percent fewer hospitalizations, and allowing a more independent and productive way of living.

Continuous Communication & Comprehensive Care

During every visit, you and your family talk extensively with your physicians and nurses about how the condition affects your lives. This continuous communication helps address specific health and safety issues you face at every age. A typical visit with your care team includes:

  • Blood draw

  • Infusion

  • Dental evaluation and care

  • Pain control consultation

  • Reviews of your medical records and financial and insurance circumstances

  • Orthopedics consultation and movement assessment

Occasionally, your care team visits your school, workplace and home for a firsthand view of your environment that offers important insight and provides helpful advice and effective coordination of services with your primary care doctor.

Factor @ Home

You and your OU Health Physician may choose continuous hemophilia care through Factor @ Home, a program affiliated with our program that allows you to use clotting-factor replacement therapy at home to manage bleeding problems. Prompt, ongoing, in-home treatment helps you avoid serious complications from hemophilia while decreasing pain, dysfunction and long-term disability.

Your Expert Blood Diseases Team

At OU Health, you and your family benefit from a compassionate, multidisciplinary team-based approach to identifying and delivering the best possible options to care for you and your specific situation.

Your highly trained and extensively experienced team members may include board-certified hematologist-oncologists, certified hemophilia and thrombophilia physician assistants (PAs), nurse coordinators, social workers, physical therapists and a wide range of experienced OU Health healthcare professionals from among our 450 medical specialties available to consult on your care.

Request an Appointment

For personalized, comprehensive treatment of blood diseases and disorders, request an appointment with a hematology specialist at OU Health.

Call (405) 271-3661 Or Toll-Free 1 (800) 688-5288.