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Blood disorders develop when the body makes too many or not enough red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. Common blood disorders include anemia, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, blood clots, and blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Read about the latest evidence in our resources.

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    Preventing Blood Clots After Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery or Surgery for a Broken Hip: A Review of the Research for Adults

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps adults considering or planning to have a total hip or knee replacement surgery or surgery for a broken hip decide on the best method for preventing blood clots after surgery. It facilitates the process by outlining and comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of each treatment option.
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    Preventing Blood Clots After Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery or Surgery for a Broken Hip: A Review of the Research for Adults

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps adults considering or planning to have a total hip or knee replacement surgery or surgery for a broken hip decide on the best method for preventing blood clots after surgery. It facilitates the process by outlining and comparing the benefits, risks and side effects of each treatment option.
  • Evidence Summary

    Pharmacists are at least as good as other professionals at monitoring medications to prevent blood clots

    Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2017)
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    Starting on therapy for hemophilia A: choosing the clotting factor concentrate.

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps parents of new patients with hemophilia decide the factor VIII concentrate by outlining the two options (plasma-derived, and recombinant) and comparing the benefits and risks of both options.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    Starting on therapy for hemophilia A: choosing the clotting factor concentrate.

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps parents of new patients with hemophilia decide the factor VIII concentrate by outlining the two options (plasma-derived, and recombinant) and comparing the benefits and risks of both options.
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    Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

    Patient.co.uk
    Immune thrombocytopenia is a condition of the immune system. It often has no symptoms, but some people experience bruising or bleeding. Treatment can include medication or surgery. Many adults do not need any treatment.
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    The antiphospholipid syndrome

    UpToDate - patient information
    Antiphospholipid syndrome is an immune disorder affecting the blood cells which can cause blood clots. Medicines such as anticoagulants (blood thinners) are often prescribed for this condition. Details about symptoms and treatment in this resource.
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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

    UpToDate - patient information
    Venous thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein, usually in the legs. The clot blocks blood flow and can cause swelling and pain. Details about risk factors, symptoms, treatment and prevention in this resource.
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    Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in adults

    UpToDate - patient information
    Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a slowly developing cancer. Careful monitoring can help determine if and when treatment is necessary. People with advanced CLL are treated with chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
  • Evidence Summary

    Self-monitoring and self-management of oral anticoagulation.

    Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2016)
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    Pulmonary embolism

    UpToDate - patient information
    Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot leaves a vein and travels to the lung. Treatment includes blood thinners to prevent a new or growing blood clot. This lowers the risk of complications.
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    Warfarin (Coumadin)

    UpToDate - patient information
    Warfarin is often prescribed for people with high risk of blood clots. Take care to prevent injury and falls while taking this medication and report any abnormal bleeding, bruising or pain to your doctor. More in this resource about foods and medication to avoid while taking warfarin.
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    Hemochromatosis (hereditary iron overload)

    UpToDate - patient information
    Hemochromatosis is caused by too much iron in the body. Symptoms include joint pain, weakness, change in skin colour and liver damage. Phlebotomy is used to treat this and should be started as soon as possible to avoid complications. Details in this resource.
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    Diffuse large B cell lymphoma in adults

    UpToDate - patient information
    DLBCL is a cancer of the lymphocytes. It is more common in women and older adults. You may be treated with chemotherapy and immunotherapy. This resource provides detailed information about the disease.
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    Follicular lymphoma in adults

    UpToDate - patient information
    Follicular lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells. Older adults, women, and certain ethnicities are at a higher risk. Symptoms include swelling in your lymph nodes like the neck, armpit and groin. If you find swelling, ask your doctor about screening.
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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

    Mayo Clinic
    Deep vein thrombosis can be caused by prolonged bedrest or sitting for long periods of time. Symptoms include leg pain or swelling in the leg. This condition can be very serious since it increases your risk for pulmonary embolism. If you have signs of DVT, see your doctor.
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    Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in adults

    UpToDate - patient information
    Chronic myeloid leukemia is a slow growing cancer of the blood or bone marrow. Details about treatment options - including medications and stem cell transplant - are included in this resource.
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    Hodgkin lymphoma in adults

    UpToDate - patient information
    Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the body's lymphatic system. The most common symptom is a painless, swollen lymph node in the neck. Treatments include radiation and chemotherapy.
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    Anemia caused by low iron

    UpToDate - patient information
    Anemia is caused by deficiency of iron in the blood. Common symptoms are weakness, headache and fatigue. Iron supplements can help treat anemia. Side effects of these treatments can include vomiting, constipation and upset stomach.
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    Blood donation and transfusion

    UpToDate - patient information
    If you choose to donate blood, you will first be asked about your medical history, age and weight. Vital signs and a blood test will be done. Currently, the risk of getting an infection from blood donation is very low.
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    Bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation)

    UpToDate - patient information
    Bone marrow transplantation is used for treating some types of cancer. This website provides detailed information about bone marrow transplants, as well as procedures and possible side effects.
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    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment in adults

    UpToDate - patient information
    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a blood cancer. Chemotherapy is a common treatment - side effects include hair loss, vomiting, and infection. More information related to treatment and specific medications for ALL is available in this resource.
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    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment in adults

    UpToDate - patient information
    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Common treatments are chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. AML in older adults can be more difficult to treat.
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    Blood Transfusions: Should I Bank Blood Before Surgery?

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps patients awaiting surgery decide on whether or not to bank blood before surgery by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    Blood Transfusions: Should I Bank Blood Before Surgery?

    OHRI
    This patient decision aid helps patients awaiting surgery decide on whether or not to bank blood before surgery by comparing the benefits, risks, and side effects of both options.
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    Sickle cell and your eyes

    About Health
    Sickle cell disease can cause eye damage. See your eye doctor for regular eye exams.
  • Blog Post

    New blood thinners prove to be safe and effective option for most

    New types of blood thinners are effective at preventing blood clots and are safe for most older adults.

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