The first step in treating a child with a platelet function disorder is an accurate diagnosis. Our pediatric hematologists will perform a number of specialized tests to confirm the diagnosis, which may include:
A full bone marrow exam in which samples of the fluid (aspiration) and solid (biopsy) portions of bone marrow are withdrawn with a needle under local anesthesia may also be performed.
Once diagnosed, platelet function disorders may be treated with desmopressin, hormone therapy (for teenage girls to stop their menstrual cycle if excessive bleeding occurs), avoiding medications that interfere with platelet function and may cause bleeding (including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen) and, if necessary, platelet transfusions.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's patients have access to the broadest set of pediatric specialists available. The breadth of our expertise allows us to assemble a team of specialists to meet the specific needs of the patient.
At the core of our treatment team are pediatric hematologists with expertise in pediatric platelet function disorders and an experienced nursing staff and social workers, as well as access to expert pediatric subspecialists. Our team also includes dedicated researchers who are seeking to better understand and treat pediatric platelet disorders.