Disabling Condition: Hematological Disorders

by Editorial Board on September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

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Hermatological Disorders include the following conditions: chronic thrombocytomenia, myelofibrosis, hereditary telangiectasia, coagulation defects, polycythemia vera, aplastic anemias with bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.

Blood

  1. Have you had lab work and how often?
  2. Have you had transfusions?
  3. Do you take iron supplements for anemia?  If so, why hasn’t that improved your condition?

Our blood circulates throughout our body transporting nutrients, gases, hormones and waste.  It also houses our body’s army of cells which fight infection and platelets which stop blood loss thru clotting.  Blood loss, due to any chronic condition, requiring frequent transfusions (once every 2 months) can be disabling.  Also, diseases such as sickle cell (an inherited deformity of the red blood cells) and aplastic anemia (failure of the bone marrow to produce blood cells) may also be found disabling.  A diagnosis alone, however will not establish disability.  Sickle cell must cause frequent (3 times in 5 months) painful crises, extended hospitalizations (3 times a year) or severe anemia.  Aplastic anemia must be severe enough to require a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

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