Platelets are cells that
circulate in the blood stream and help the blood to clot. When a child has a
platelet function disorder, their blood may not be able to clot normally which
results in an increased risk of bleeding.
Children with all types of abnormal platelet function are treated through the Platelet Function Disorders Program within the Blood Disorders Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s.
The most common symptoms of
platelet function disorders are:
Platelet function disorders can
be identified through the following tests:
Caring for a child with a
platelet function disorder
Preventing serious bleeding is a very
important aspect of care. Parents should consider:
Physician-scientists at Dana-Farber/Boston
Children’s are world leaders in research into platelet function disorders and are
active members 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.
Clinical TrialsFor many children with rare or
hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.