• Platelet Function Disorders Program

    Located in Boston MA, the Platelet Function Disorders Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center provides comprehensive care for children and adolescents with platelet function disorders as well as access to the most recent clinical trials. Under the direction of Alan Michelson, MD, the program is the leading authority on platelet disorder treatment and research.

    How We Diagnose & Treat Platelet Function Disorders

    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:

    • bleeding time, a measure of how long it takes for a cut to stop bleeding
    • complete blood count
    • blood and urine tests to measure clotting times and detect possible infections
    • bone marrow testing to identify any abnormal cells
    • careful review of your child's medications

    A full bone marrow exam in which samples of the fluid (aspiration) and solid (biopsy) portions of bone marrow are withdrawn with a needle under local anesthesia may also be performed.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.

    Our Treatment Teams

    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.

    Research & Clinical Trials

    We are a world leader in research into platelet function disorders and an active member of The Center for Platelet Research Studies, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary center for the study of platelet function by state of the art methods. The center undertakes basic, translational, and clinical research, including clinical trials of drugs, devices, and tests. Search for current platelet function disorders clinical trials.
  • Clinical Trials

    Through clinical trials and research, our Blood Disorders Center is continuously advancing the treatment of blood disorders in children.callout bg
  • Treating Blood Disorders

    At Dana-Farber/Boston Children's, your child will have access to a wide range of treatment options for blood disorders, including blood transfusions, surgery, advanced new medications, and stem cell transplant.