Why would I be referred to a hematologist?

Why would I be referred to a hematologist?

Why would I be referred to a hematologist?

If your primary care physician has recommended that you see a hematologist, it may be because you are at risk for a condition involving your red or white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes, or spleen. Some of these conditions are: hemophilia, a disease that prevents your blood from clotting.

What tests will a hematologist do?

Hematology tests include tests on the blood, blood proteins and blood-producing organs. These tests can evaluate a variety of blood conditions including infection, anemia, inflammation, hemophilia, blood-clotting disorders, leukemia and the body’s response to chemotherapy treatments.

Does seeing a hematologist mean I have cancer?

A referral to a hematologist does not inherently mean that you have cancer. Among the diseases a hematologist may treat or participate in treating: Bleeding disorders like hemophilia. Red blood cell disorders like anemia or polycythemia vera.

Why would my doctor refer me to a hematologist oncologist?

You might see a hematologist oncologist if you have blood cancer or suspected blood cancer. If blood cancer runs in your family, you might also see one then, too.

Do you see a hematologist for blood clots?

If you are diagnosed with a venous clot, your doctor may refer you to a hematologist, a doctor who specializes in treating blood diseases.

What does a hematologist do for blood clots?

A hematologist accurately identifies and diagnoses clotting abnormalities that may contribute to the development of a clot. Accurate diagnosis is essential to the health of patients and families. Hematologists have extensive experience in the management of anticoagulation.

What is the most common hematology test?

Common hematology tests

  • White blood cell count (WBC)
  • Red blood cell count (RBC)
  • Platelet count.
  • Hematocrit red blood cell volume (HCT)
  • Hemoglobin concentration (HB). This is the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells.
  • Differential white blood count.
  • Red blood cell indices (measurements)

    What questions should I ask my hematologist?

    Making a diagnosis

    • What diagnosis do you think I have judging from my symptoms?
    • What causes my condition or disorder?
    • How common is my diagnosis?
    • What test do I need to confirm the diagnosis?
    • Will any of these tests need to be repeated after I undergo treatment?
    • What should I expect with this diagnosis?

    What will a hematologist do for anemia?

    If you appear to have a form of aplastic anemia, your doctor may refer you to a hematologist for a bone marrow biopsy to determine the cause of the anemia. Medications and blood transfusions may be used to treat aplastic anemia. Hemolytic anemia occurs when red blood cells are destroyed in the blood stream.