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Hematology Services

Treatment for Blood Disorders in Children & Adolescents

The hematology service treats a wide variety of hematologic disorders including sickle cell disease and other anemias, neutropenias, platelet and bleeding disorders. Our hematology service follows that largest group of sickle cell disease patients in the state of Louisiana.

More children with blood disorders come to Children's Hospital for treatment than to any other hospital in the state. They receive the highest level of care from a medical staff experienced in the latest treatments for a full spectrum of disorders.

Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Program

child playing with toysThe Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Program (SCDTP) at Children's Hospital New Orleans (CHNOLA) and satellite locations throughout Louisiana is responsible for the care of more than 300 patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and other hemoglobinopathies.

At the SCDTP, our team provides the most advanced, comprehensive care to children with SCD and other hemoglobinopathies in Louisiana and the Gulf South region. Care is provided by nationally recognized hematologists that are active members and leaders of the Louisiana Commission on SCD, The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology's Hemoglobinopathy Section, Foundation for SCD Research, and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Southeast Louisiana.

We actively participate in several industry-sponsored clinical trials and national research initiatives to offer the most advanced and up-to-date treatments for our patients locally.

Multidisciplinary Outpatient Clinic

Patients with SCD are evaluated and treated with the most current therapies and standards of care in a comfortable and safe environment.

Our team includes:

  • Pediatric Hematologists
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Nurse Educator and Navigator
  • Research Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Physical Therapist
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Laboratory medical technologists and Hematopathologists
  • Imaging Center
  • Blood Banking
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Other specialists available by referral (e.g., Pediatric-trained Surgeons, Nutritionist, Pulmonologists, Cardiologists, Psychologists, Orthopedists, etc.)

The SCDTP offers state-of-the-art facilities and resources known to be essential to the care of patients with sickle cell disease, including transcranial doppler technology, magnetic resonance imaging/angiography (MRI/A), echocardiography, erythrocytapheresis laboratory, pain management, immunizations, genetic testing, and blood banking with precision typing.

The Sickle Cell Disease Treatment at Children's Hospital is conveniently located on the fourth floor via the saxophone elevators. The outpatient clinic includes sixteen spacious exam rooms, and eleven infusion pods, including 2 isolation rooms. Our clinic suite is designed to accommodate the needs of our patients and their families in a safe and comfortable environment.

Patients visiting our outpatient clinic are closely monitored by their doctors and nurses while receiving a variety of treatments, including:

  • Infusions
  • Chelation therapy for iron overload
  • Blood transfusions
  • Exchange transfusions
  • Immunizations including meningococcal and pneumococcal vaccines
  • Genetic counseling
  • Curative therapy counseling such as bone marrow transplantation

Children’s Hospital New Orleans is the largest free-standing pediatric hospital in Louisiana serving children with SCD and other hemoglobinopathies

Curative Therapies for SCD:

Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is currently the only established cure for SCD. The Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Center at Children's Hospital New Orleans is the only pediatric hospital in Louisiana offering BMT treatment for pediatric patients with SCD. Our multidisciplinary team has more than 20 years of experience performing stem cell transplantation. Our team is committed to exploring other curative therapies (such as gene therapy) as they become available to our patient population.

Hemophilia Treatment Center

Our Bleeding and Thrombosis program received accreditation as a federally recognized “Hemophilia Treatment Center” (HTC) where state of the art and multidisciplinary care are available to all Louisiana children with bleeding or clotting problems. In addition, we are affiliated to the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN), the leading organization committed to advancing and improving care for individuals affected by bleeding and clotting problems.

Pediatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, pathology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, and laboratory services are available at the center. In addition, radiation oncologists from Touro work closely with physicians at the center. Other ancillary disciplines involved in the care of these patients include child psychiatrists, child psychologists, child life therapists, OT/PT, nutritionists/dieticians, speech therapists, audiologists, and clinical research associates.

To learn more about our Hematology Services please call 504.896.9740.

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