Hematology studies the immunological properties of the three blood elements: white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
The field of hematology has made huge strides in the last decade due to advances in genetic research, which has produced more accurate and effective treatments.
The team of hematologists at Hospital Ochoa also care for patients with diseases derived from oncohematology, antithrombotic and anticoagulant treatments. The hospital possesses its own blood bank in order to meet all transfusion needs.
The team of hematologists at Hospital Ochoa can address several health disorders, including:
- Anemia (low red blood cell count).
- Leukopenia (low white blood cell count).
- Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count).
- Coagulation disorders such as hemophilia, Von Willebrand’s disease, factor deficiency and thrombophilia.
- Polycythemia (high red blood cell count).
- Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma (high white blood cell or plasma cell count).
- Thrombocytosis (high platelet count).
Our hematology specialists provide treatment for certain health issues where blood or its derivatives is necessary, such as fresh frozen plasma, red blood cells or platelets.
Other diseases such as hemochromatosis, polycythemia or sideroblastic anemia require drawing blood (phlebotomy or venipuncture) for their treatment.
Bone marrow examination
Bone marrow examination refers to the analysis of bone marrow samples obtained by aspiration and biopsy.
The bone marrow produces all the cellular elements of the blood, so its study allows for the diagnosis of a number of hematological conditions. The sample is most commonly taken from either the iliac crest (hip) or the sternum in an outpatient procedure conducted under local anesthesia.