Duke’s hematology program is a leader in the Southeast for diagnosing, evaluating, treating and managing all types of anemia. We conduct research to better understand and treat anemia and other blood disorders, and partner with Duke specialists to provide the most advanced and comprehensive care in the region.
Comprehensive care for anemia
If you have anemia, whether it is through pregnancy, iron deficiency, or developed as an adult, we deliver expert and coordinated care. Our team of specialists offer the most advance diagnostic and treatment options, and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. If you have sickle cell anemia, you'll want to learn more about our sickle cell disease program.
Choose Duke for your care because we offer:
- Access to clinical trials. Our doctors are involved in clinical trials aimed at improving treatments for anemia. You may have the opportunity to participate in our ongoing clinical trials to test these new therapies and surgical approaches before they become widely available at other centers.
- Expertise in blood conditions unique to women. Our hemostasis and thrombosis clinic coordinates the special care required by women with bleeding and clotting disorders. We have the expertise and experience to help you manage the increased risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
Treatments for anemia depend on the type, cause and severity of anemia you have.
Iron deficiency anemia is often treated with diet changes and iron supplements. Our team will work with you to create a diet and nutrition plan to meet your lifestyle.
Oral or IV pain-relieving drugs may be prescribed to treat your anemia when appropriate.
Blood is given through an IV to help restore and replenish your red blood cells.
May be necessary if your bone marrow can't make healthy blood cells.
Examine the types of cells in your blood, check clotting factors related to a bleeding or platelet disorder, or identify inherited blood clotting disorders that can cause deep vein thrombosis, a clot that forms in one of the body’s deep veins. Other blood-based tests are used to monitor treatment and to help you manage chronic blood-related conditions. Your blood may also be examined under a microscope to assess your platelets.
A sample of bone marrow is removed from your hipbone and examined under a microscope. This test may reveal characteristics that help your doctor determine the best course of treatment.
Ultrasound, which uses sound waves to create pictures of blood flowing through the arteries and veins in the leg, is used to check for deep vein thrombosis. Other imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans, take pictures of your organs and tissues that may be affected by blood disorders.