Bleeding Disorders Treatment Program

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Bleeding Disorders Treatment Program

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The Bleeding Disorders and Thrombosis Program at Children’s Health is one of only five comprehensive treatment programs for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders in Texas.

At the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, we work hard to diagnose bleeding disorders and thrombosis early, using genetic screening and counseling when appropriate, and helping to prevent possible problems or complications in our young patients who are at risk. We developed the first guidelines used for diagnosing stroke in children.

Our team of specialists work together to manage your child’s bleeding disorder with the latest treatments available. Our team includes hematologists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and other support staff who will support your family through the process.

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Conditions We Treat

Treatments and Services

Your child’s doctor will recommend treatment for thrombosis based on risk for complications. Most often, this includes use of medication.

  • Medications:
    • Anticoagulants: medications that thin the blood
    • Thrombolytics: medications that dissolve blood clots
  • Vena cava filter: a filter that is inserted into a vein called the vena cava to stop blood clots from traveling to the lungs
  • Compression stockings: tight stockings that keep blood from pooling and clotting and also reduce swelling from blood clots

A full-time pharmacist oversees the Gill Center’s anticoagulation service. The pharmacist keeps track of all patients who receive anticoagulants and helps to educate patients and families of patients who must use anticoagulation medication at home. The pharmacist also coordinates care for patients after their initial treatment, so they can follow up with our program and their physician back home.

Stroke Clinic and Bleeding Disorder Clinics

  • Our Stroke Clinic convenes twice a month to manage the care of children who have strokes. Doctors from several pediatric specialties come together to plan these children’s care. Preventing stroke in children and diagnosing strokes early is a focus of our clinic. In 2008, our Stroke Clinic developed the first-ever guideline for diagnosing stroke in children. The guideline is now being used by other pediatric hospitals around the country.
  • Comprehensive Bleeding Disorder Clinics are held most Wednesdays at the Dallas campus. We have quarterly clinics at the Plano campus nearby in Plano. Thrombosis patients and new patients needing evaluation for bleeding or clotting disorders can be seen on any day of the week

Resources for Patients and Families

The Bleeding Disorders and Thrombosis program does extensive outreach beyond our clinic walls to provide better access and resources for our patients. These efforts include:

  • Each summer, 25-40 patients of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders attend Camp Ailihpomeh, the week-long summer camp for children in Texas with hemophilia.
  • Collaboration with the Pediatric Dentistry program at Children’s Health to provide comprehensive and safe dental care for children with bleeding disorders and those on chronic anticoagulation
  • We participate in a 340B Drug Pricing Program, a federal discount program available to designated Hemophilia Treatment Centers
  • Assistance with outpatient management of anticoagulation therapy
  • Our Patient Education page provides additional information about living with bleeding disorders or thrombosis.

Meet the Care Team