Haematology is the medical subspeciality that deals with all aspects of blood disorders. Blood is a vital organ which needs to function well to support all other organs. Therefore diseases of the blood can be complex and affect overall general wellbeing of the patient. The haematologist is a doctor with dual training, both clinical and laboratory.
Which diseases does a haematologist treat?
A haematologist treats both benign (general haematology) and malignant disorders (haemato-oncology) of the blood.
Common benign disorders include:
Anaemia: a common disorder when the blood level of haemoglobin is low. Haemoglobin is a protein that transports oxygen in the blood. This happens when there are low levels of red blood the cells. Anaemia can cause feelings of fatigue, dizziness and or shortness of breath. Anaemia can be due to nutritional deficiencies, autoimmune or even blood cancers.
Thrombocytopenia: reduction in the number of platelets leading to bleeding tendencies
Neutropenia: with reduction in white blood cells which increases the risk of infection.
- Leukaemia: affects the cells in the bone marrow and the blood
- Lymphoma: is originated in the lymphatic system
- Myeloma: cancer in plasma cells (a type of white blood cell)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome: mutations may occur when the cell the produce blood in the bone marrow become abnormal
Thrombophilia: Hereditary and acquired conditions that cause blood clots
Haemophilia: Inherited and rarely acquired condition that causes increased bleeding
At Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital, we offer diagnoses and treatment of these haematologic diseases.
The diagnostic workup follows international standards and combines the skills and experience of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, because accurate diagnosis is crucial to deciding which care plan will be most effective for each patient.
Patient care is a collaborative effort, and our Haematology team is dedicated to providing each patient with compassionate care in a safe and high-quality health care environment.