Blood disorders can affect girls and boys of any race, age or background, and often come with a set of complications that include pain and a reduced quality of life. At the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation, we offer comprehensive assessment and management of children with any type of blood disorder, focusing on and adapting to the needs of the patient and family.
Our programs and services include:
- The Pediatric Hematology Program
- The Pediatric Comprehensive Hemoglobinopathy Program – focusing on sickle cell disease and thalassemia (decreased and defective hemoglobin)
- Hemophilia and Coagulation Disorders (interruption or obstruction of blood flow)
- The Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
The Division of Pediatric Hematology is renowned for our expertise in non-malignant hematology including leukocyte disorders (abnormal accumulation or deficiency of these blood cells), coagulation disorders and thrombosis (formation of blood clot in a blood vessel). Our achievements in basic research include studies designed to provide novel gene therapeutic approaches for treatment of hemophilia. Our Division currently holds an NIH-supported Hematology Training Grant, which has been awarded to only three programs in the country.
Pediatric sickle cell disease, a chronic blood illness, not only brings on frequent, acute pain episodes, it also affects a child’s overall well-being. To effectively handle the disease, patients need consistent contact with specialists and continual education about the illness. Our team at the Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic includes pediatric hematologists, nurse specialists, social workers, psychologists and dieticians. Along with encouraging active participation from caregivers, the team provides a multifaceted approach to managing pediatric sickle cell disease.
Our multidisciplinary Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program offers coordinated and comprehensive evaluation, treatment and follow up for patients who require self-donated, related, unrelated or cord blood stem cell transplants.
We also offer our Child and Family Life Program, a specially designed program that supports families whose children are undergoing treatment for blood disorders or cancer. Through various developmental, educational and supportive endeavors, Child and Family Life helps young people and their families cope with illness and protect the essence of childhood throughout their health care experiences.