Blood Disorders & Diseases
Blood disorders include any condition that affects the health of the blood, so they can also have an effect on the body’s organs. Blood contains several components – red and white blood cells, as well as platelets and plasma – that can be negatively affected by a disease or disorder. Therefore, conditions affecting the blood can usually be detected through tests assessing the number and shape of the components of the blood. Tampa General Hospital has the capabilities necessary to diagnose and treat a variety of blood disorders, including:
- Disorders affecting red blood cells – These include anemias, which are characterized by a lower-than-average level of red blood cells, as well as rarer conditions like polycythemia vera, or the overproduction of red blood cells.
- Disorders affecting white blood cells – These include leukemia and lymphoma, which are cancers that involve malignant white blood cells. Other, non-cancerous white blood cell disorders include leukocytosis, or an excess of white blood cells, and neutrophilia, or a high count of neutrophil granulocytes in the blood.
- Disorders affecting platelets – Thrombocytopenia, the presence of too few platelets, can inhibit the blood’s ability to clot effectively. Conversely, the overabundance of platelets (thrombocytosis) can lead to excessive clotting. Either of these conditions can occur on their own or as a symptom of another underlying condition.
- Disorders affecting plasma – These include hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and other blood disorders caused by a lack of clotting factors. Without sufficient amounts of these proteins, the blood will not clot properly, which can lead to excessive internal and external bleeding.
Tampa General Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic can address all of the aforementioned blood disorders, as well as other benign and malignant conditions affecting the blood and blood-producing organs.
To make an appointment at TGH’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic, please call (813) 844-7585. We can schedule appointments from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.