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Dr. James Ball

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Denver, CO
19 years experience male

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Denver, CO

Address

2055 High Street, Suite 340, Denver, CO
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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatrics

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338 Answers
156 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Certainly.: Mild and even moderate infections can have little effect on the white blood count. More severe infections may change the white blood cell count. Som... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Iron deficiency: Low ferritin is from iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is usually easy to correct. One question now is why do you have iron deficiency. Some people ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Anemia from bleeding: If you bleed easily, this will cause anemia. It will make anemia worse, but the anemia does not cause the bleeding. Instead, there may be some reaso... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
CBC: Eosinophilia is more of a finding than a diagnosis. It is noted on a cbc. Once it is of concern, the cause may be determined. Potential causes incl... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Bleeding or rash: Troublesome nosebleeds, easy bruising, petechiael rash. This rash is often described as "new redfreckles." you can also have blood in the urine or blo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Not really.: Reason is that Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory medication and not a sleep medication. It is probably safe for nightly use, but my concern is, "what... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Symptoms. : When someone had leukemia, it causes specific symptoms. These include easy bruising or bleeding, fatigue, fevers. The leukemia affects the blood count... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Can be. : Possibly. Typical symptoms that cause confusion are fever, night sweats. These can be seen in leukemia and many types of lymphomas. It may be worth a... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Same symptoms. : All and AML have similar symptoms. Subtle difference may be seen, but usually the symptoms are identical. The main difference is with specific testing... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Not enough. : Usually over the counter multivitamins with iron do not have enough iron to correct the iron deficiency. There are good iron formulations (my kids iro... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Needs evaluation.: Mumps can cause orchitis, which is an inflammation (pain/swelling) of the testicle. But many other conditions that would be much more worrisome can c... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
AML cytogenetics: These tests refer to the genetics of the leukemia. They can tell about the odds of the leukemia coming back once it has been treated. Flt 3 is bad. ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Many differences: They are both cancers and may both be derived from primitive neural tissue. Otherwise they can be easily distinguished by a pathologist using a series... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Yes.: This is called dactyl iris. Usually occurs in infants about 6-12 months of age. Call your doctor, as many of these episodes will need treatment to m... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Look for symptoms: Acute leuekemias can have the same symptoms: bruising, bleeding, fatigue, bone pain (legs and back). Some leuekemias can have other symptoms as well.... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Acute leukemia: Acute leuekemias can have the same symptoms: bruising, bleeding, fatigue, bone pain (legs and back), fever. The difference is often detected once bloo... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Malaria infects RBCs: Malaria infects red blood cells. Persons with sickle cell trait will often be "immune" because the malaria infection is not allowed to propagate thro... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Needs evaluation: I would make sure to check your child for signs of serious infection. I would also check a blood count to see what the neutrophil count is. Please s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Good. : This disease is curable in 80% of cases. There are many findings of the leukemia that can effect the prognosis. Some findings make the curability high... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Yes. Continue.: Many times anemia develops so slowly that it does not cause symptoms. But anemia could be assignor something more serious. So continue the treatments... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Unlikely: There are many causes for anemia. Von willebrand typically does not cause anemia, but does cause bleeding: typically nose bleeds, heavy periods, and s... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Usually not. : Typical symptoms include anemia (fatigue, dizziness, pale color), low platelet count (increased bruising or bleeding) and low white blood cell counts ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Depends: There are many different types of leukemia. Once the type of leukemia is determined, the treatment can be planned. There are many effective treatmen... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Many causes: Certain drugs, certain infections. Also autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid). Also certain malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma). Can also be common... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Yes. : The basic genetics is autosomal dominant. This means that if you inherit one abnormal gene from either of your parents, you may have decreased vw fact... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Maybe, probably not: The symptoms you describe could be caused by anemia. Anemia can have many causes. Leukemia usually also causes other symptoms, such as bruising, ble... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Low blood production: Fa is an inherited disorder of blood cell production. It usually develops slowly over years. The blood counts are abnormal, and this be treated with... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Bad luck.: Leukemia is typically due to what i call luck of the worst kind. There are some risk factors: radiation, exposure to benzene, immunodeficiency syndro... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Depends: Treatments are different for different types of leukemia and for different subtypes of the same leukemia. If she has all, it may be a few months, but... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Blood or bone marrow: Typically this s diagnosed by a bone marrow test. In the marrow will be the abnormal proliferation of cells of the same type. At times, these cells ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Absolutely: The rate of cure depends on the type of leukemia. Remission, which is the initial disappearance of the leuekemia, is easy to accomplish than cure. C... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Probably not: Aplastic anemia tends to have low platelets, which would not be from itp.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Liver tumor: This is a malignant (cancerous) liver tumor, usually diagnosed in infancy or early childhood.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Not at all: Pernicious anemia results from poor dietary uptake of vitamin b12, usually from a loss of certain cells in your stomach. These cells secrete intrinsi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Ask hematologist: This is a decision that you should make with your hematologist. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer for this one. Vwd is a variable disorder wit... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Low red blood cells: Anemia is a low red blood cell measure. This is typically expressed as a hemoglobin or hematocrit. The symptoms can be mild if anemia develops slowl... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Confused.: Could it be that your hemoglobin is 10? I would contact the doctor that ordered these slabs and discuss the significance.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Not sure of question: Rh incompatibility is a red blood cell phenomenon. Typically a mom has no rh antigen, therefore will make an rh-antibody if exposed. This causes rbc... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Expectations : Nausea should be expected. Vomiting can occur. Though, you should have access to plenty of medications for nausea. Many people have flushing or an ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
CBC: This test is the complete blood count, or cbc. It gives numbers and descriptive measures of the red blood cells, white blood cells and the platelets.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Avoid undue risk: Blood is safe and should be given if needed. Infectious risks are very small. Reactions can occur with blood, and are more common than infection tra... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
2 possibilities: Chronic inflammation can lead to anemia. The longstanding inflammation affects rbc survival and iron availability. This leads to anemia. Inflammati... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Depends: There are basically two type of hemolytic anemia - congenital (your born with it) or acquired (you get it all of a sudden). Many acquired hemolytic a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Bleeding risk: Low platelets can mean an increase risk of bleeding. Bleeding can even happen without good cause. The lower the platelet count, the higher the risk ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Thalassemia: Thalassemia is a variable decrease in hemoglobin production. Anemia is a low hemoglobin level that can occur for many reasons. Everyone with thal will... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Bleeding: Von willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder. There are several types, but the most common type involves nosebleeds or heavy periods. It can also cau... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
See below: Sickle cell disease is ss. Sickle cell trait is as. Each parent must contribute an s to the child if that child will have ss. That means that each... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Could be virus: That level of monos is not worrisome. A virus can cause the fever and many can cause mild elevations of the monocyte count. Her hemoglobin is fine. I ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Exposure to differen: Blood types. Typically refers to a baby having different blood type than mom. Therefore, there is prolonged breakdown of red blood cells, causing ja... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Collect, test, share: Blood banks will collect blood from volunteer donors. They then test the blood for numerous infectious disease. Then they distribute blood to needed... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ball is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ball is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you all ur answers are helping me understand and are actually giving me peace I still cry for her but I know in my heart it was right
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I think so the names were so hard to remember I just know the first letters and that was them they made her bleed a lot and she passed away
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Thank you for answering my questions I have so many about this disease that took my child's life and my grandmothers sister was 65

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Mississippi School of Medicine, MS
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

Children's Hospital of Alabama (UAB)

Awards

Assistant Professor, Bone Marrow Transplant, Children's Hospital of Alabama
Top Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist, Second Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist, First Place, Colorado - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
American Academy of Pediatrics
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