Dr. James Ball

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Denver, CO
21 years experience male

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Denver, CO

Address

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

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatrics

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257 Answers
122 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Small red blood cell: Small rbcs can be seen in iron deficiency. It is also seen in thalassemia, a common disorder of red blood cells. Thalassemia is common in families f... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Private or public: There are two ways to bank....Rivately, for your own use or publicly for use by the general public. Private can be relatively expensive. Public bank... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
See below: Leukemia can occur at any age. Environmental risk factors for developing leukemia include exposure to radiation, chemotherapy, certain chemicals (benz... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Anesthesia: Many center will use anesthesia for the routine procedures involved in the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia. Propofol is typically used, and is gi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Usually: There are many effective treatments for hodgkin disease. Even relapsed disease is treatable. The treatments can be difficult and usually include che... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Mandatory testing: Sickle cell is screened at birth in all states. This ismandatory testing. If you are born in the us, sickle screening is mandatory. If you were bor... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes, but it happens: Ovarian cancers in teenagers is entirely different than ovarian cancer in adults. Tumors in kids are generally more treatable and more responsive to ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Many.: Basically, sickle cell disease causes disturbance of the blood vessels, typically smaller vessels. Over time, this can cause many problems. Painful e... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Many causes: Anemia can be from many causes. Bleeding is one, but there are many others. Anemia like this should be evaluated by a hematologist to know why the r... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Maturing hemoglobin: The hemoglobin involved with sickle cell develops after birth. Children are born with a different hemoglobin type and this changes over the first 3-6 ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Hard question. : Typically a relapse 1 year off therapy implies 48 or more monthsfrom initial diagnosis, not 22 months. Either way, this is salvageable. Remissions ra... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Means no Hgb S: This test is specifically looking for HGB s. It will detect sickle trait (hgb as) or sickle cell disease (hgb ss). If the test is negative it means th... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Hemolysis: Enlarged spleen is usually seen in anemia whenthe rbc is fragile. Many disorders can cause this. Fragile rbcs can then be broken down in the spleen ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes.: You can still get malaria. It is harder for the infection to propagate. The disease multiplies by infecting red blood cells. These cells, in people... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Variable.: Maybe nothing. Chronic neutropenia can have symptoms of recurrent or unusual infections, gingivitis, recurrent fevers. It depends on how low the neu... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Bleeding problem: Von willebrand is a bleeding disorder that can cause bruising or a petechiael rash. This rash has small red dots.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Test for mom/baby: The baby will get test like Coombs testing, hemoglobin or cbc, bilirubin tests and reticule yet counts. The Coombs tests shows that an antibody is ca... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Chemotherapy: Topotecan is a type of chemotherapy. It is in a specific class called the topoisomerase inhibitors. It is used to treat several adult and pediatric ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Any college: There is a lot of school between college and being a pediatric oncologist. It is important to stay motivated during college. You must first get into... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Eosinophils: Increase in the number of eosinophils that are in your blood. These cells can be brought out by certain infections, allergies, or for somewhat unknow... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Either parent: There are many types of vwd. The most common is type 1, and it is autosomal recessive. This means that you can receive it from either parent. If yo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Probably not: Aplastic anemia tends to have low platelets, which would not be from itp.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes.: Itp in pregnancy is treatable. It does depend on what medications have worked in the past. If the itp has never been treated, there are several opti... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Not that I know. : The only way to definitive diagnose this disorder is through a series of tests run by a medical team.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Depends.: There are many types of anemia, but assuming that you have iron deficiency anemia, the best treatment is to take iron pills. There are liquid formula... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Fatigue/bleeding: Anemia is low red blood cells. These cells give energy. Common symptoms when they are low are fatigue, headache, malaise. Thrombocytopenia is low p... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Possibly.: Osteosarcoma often occurs in the bones of the pelvis. In this case, it is common to see a soft tissue mass around the involved bone. This causes hip... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Needs follow up test: Abnormal hemoglobin screening on a newborn exam often needs a repeat test for confirmation. This test can pick up hemoglobin disorders early, before ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
See below: The normal glutamic acid is replaced by valine at position 6 of the beta globin chain.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Confused.: Could it be that your hemoglobin is 10? I would contact the doctor that ordered these slabs and discuss the significance.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Liver tumor: This is a malignant (cancerous) liver tumor, usually diagnosed in infancy or early childhood.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Who will have it bad: The trend currently is trying to find out why some people have very little problems and others can be so troubled by this disease. In some, the disea... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ball is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 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
HealthTap member
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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