Anemia

Anemia

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Duke’s hematology program diagnoses, evaluates, treats, and manages all types of anemia. If you have sickle cell anemia, you'll want to learn more about our sickle cell disease program.

Our team of specialists offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options and works with you to create a personalized treatment plan. We conduct research to better understand and treat anemia and other blood disorders, and we partner with other Duke specialists to provide  comprehensive care.

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Treatments

Treatments for anemia depend on the type, cause, and severity of anemia you have.

Diet and Iron Supplements

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 fit your lifestyle.

Medication

Oral or IV pain-relieving drugs may be prescribed to treat your anemia when appropriate.

Blood Transfusion

Blood is given through an IV to help restore and replenish your red blood cells.

Bone Marrow Transplant

May be necessary if your bone marrow can't make healthy blood cells.

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Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Tests

Blood Tests

Your doctor may order blood tests to:

  • Examine the types of cells in your blood
  • Check clotting factors related to a bleeding or platelet disorder
  • 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 help you manage chronic blood-related conditions. Your blood may also be examined under a microscope to assess your platelets.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

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 for you.

Imaging Scans

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.

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Comprehensive Anemia Care

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 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.

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.