Blood Disorder Diagnosis, Denver

Some blood disorders are genetic, while others have unknown causes. Because of the role genetics can play, your board-certified pediatric hematologist will take a complete family and medical history to help diagnose your child’s disorder.
Your doctor also will perform a physical exam and may order one or more of the following tests to create your child’s blood disorder treatment plan.

  • Bleeding Times - a test performed by making two small cuts on the arm and observing them to see how long the bleeding lasts
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration and/or Biopsy - a procedure that examines the number, size and maturity of blood cells by removing bone marrow fluid (aspiration) and/or solid bone marrow tissue (called a core biopsy), often from the hips
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) – a blood test that measures size, number and maturity of different blood cells
  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of Abdomen, Chest and Pelvis - a procedure using x-rays and computer technology to show a detailed image of the body
  • Hemoglobin Electrophoresis with A2 and F Quantitation - a lab test that shows the different types of hemoglobin, a protein in blood cells that transports oxygen, present
  • FEP (Free-Erythrocyte Protoporphyrin) and Ferritin
  • Liver Biopsy - a procedure in which a small amount of tissue or cells are removed from the liver to examine
  • Lymph Node Biopsy - a procedure in which a small amount of tissue is removed from the lymph node to examine
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a procedure that creates a detailed image of the inside of the body using magnets, radiofrequencies and computer technology
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan – a procedure in which a special sugar is injected into the blood. Tissues that use more sugar, such as a tumor, show up clearly, helping physicians find small tumors or see if a tumor is responding to treatment
  • Spinal Tap/Lumbar Puncture – a procedure performed to measure the pressure in the spinal canal and brain
  • Transferrin Saturation Test (TS) – a blood test that measures the percentage of transferrin and other iron-binding proteins saturated with iron
  • Ultrasound (Sonography) - a test that uses sound waves and computer technology to create pictures of the organs, tissues and blood vessels
  • X-Rays – a test that uses electromagnetic energy beams to create images of organs, bones and internal tissue

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