Blood disorders are serious diseases affecting people of all ages, from teengers to elderly adults. While many blood disorders are rare, it’s important to seek care from an expert at the first sign of trouble. At Apollo Medical in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, board-certified oncologist and hematologist Neeraj Bharany, MD, has nearly 30 years of experience diagnosing and treating blood disorders, like sickle cell anemia and leukemia. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bharany, call Apollo Medical or book a visit online today.
Hematology is the study of blood and blood disorders. As a hematologist, Dr. Bharany specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the blood and lymphatic system, which includes your blood vessels and lymph nodes.
Hematologists treat a wide range of conditions related to your blood, blood vessels, and lymph nodes, including:
If you have anemia, your body isn’t producing enough red blood cells, which can cause fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
Sickle cell disease causes your red blood cells to contort into an abnormal sickle shape. Fatigue, pain, and sudden infections are the most common signs of this rare disease.
Sepsis is a blood infection causing inflammation throughout the entire body. This life-threatening condition leads to fever, low blood pressure, and shortness of breath.
Hemophilia is a very rare condition in which your blood can’t clot on its own, leading to extreme bleeding.
Deep vein thrombosis is a disorder causing blood clots deep within the veins, often in the legs. What makes this condition so dangerous is that these clots can loosen and make their way into your lungs.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects blood cells, blood-forming tissues, and bone marrow. While rare, it’s important to know the signs of leukemia, including fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite.
A type of cancer in the lymphatic system, lymphoma affects the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, and thymus gland. The telltale signs of this rare disease include hard, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and weight loss.
Dr. Bharany may use the following tests to diagnose and monitor the progression of blood and lymphatic system disorders:
A complete blood count measures the amount of hemoglobin, red and white blood cells, and platelets in your blood.
Dr. Bharany may order a bone marrow biopsy if your body isn’t producing enough blood cells. During this procedure, he uses a small needle to extract marrow from your bones for testing.
Prothrombin is a protein your liver makes that helps your blood to clot. A prothrombin time test measures the time it takes for your blood to form a clot.
If you suspect you have a blood or lymphatic system disorder, call Apollo Medical or schedule an appointment online today.