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Pediatric Hemophilia

Children's National's experienced hematologists treat more than 200 patients with forms of hemophilia annually in the Comprehensive Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center.

The Patient and Family Support Program provides comprehensive mental health and psychosocial services and helpful resources for all patients treated in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, as well as patients, parents and siblings.

Key points about hemophilia in children

  • Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder. It causes an affected child to have low levels of blood clotting factors.
  • The most common symptom of hemophilia is increased, uncontrollable bleeding.
  • Giving factor VIII or IX can allow a child with hemophilia to lead a near normal lifestyle.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

  • What is hemophilia in children?
  • What causes hemophilia in a child?
  • When should I call my child's health care provider?

Diagnosis

  • How is hemophilia diagnosed in a child?
  • What are the symptoms of hemophilia in a child?

Treatment

  • How is hemophilia treated in a child?
  • What are possible complications of hemophilia in a child?
  • How can I help my child live with hemophilia?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Michael Guerrera

Michael Guerrera

Director, Comprehensive Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program
Hematologist
Naomi Luban

Naomi Luban

Director, Blood Donor Center
Medical Director, Office of Protection of Human Subjects
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Hematologist
Laboratory Medicine Specialist
Departments

Departments

Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program

Our Comprehensive Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program treats children and teens with bleeding and platelet disorders, as well ass clotting disorders and dangerous blood clots.

Pre-Operative Care Clinic

When your child is having surgery at Children’s National Health System, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.

Blood Disorders (Hematology)

From sickle cell disease to histiocyte disorders, Children’s National delivers expert care for any blood disorder diagnosis.

Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children’s National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.

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