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Why Referred To Hematologist
Hematology: Many blood disorders are sufficiently unusual that they are best diagnosed and managed by people with specific interest and experience. In that manner, if the findings are not leukemia, you would be wise to be sure that the individual you meet with is not just an oncologist (cancer doc) who does a little hematology, but someone with interest in blood disorders. ...Read more
Why would pcp refer me to hematologist due to elevated protein in blood (elevated gamma globulin)? Is this something to be concerned about?
Further evaluation: There are many reasons for elevation of the serum protein. The hematologist is the best person to guide the work-up to determine if you have something like myeloma or other plasma cell dyscrasia or a non-malignant cause of the elevated protein level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood disorders: Hematologists are specialists in disorders of the blood system which includes a broad variety of conditions like anemia, sickle cell anemia, leukemia, lymphoma, and others. They handle these conditions and other aspects of disorders of blood cell production including disorders of platlets which are involved in clotting disease. ...Read more
Referred to nephrologist to see if kidneys
contributing to hypertension. He ordered blood tests, including ANA..why? What would it tell?
Depends: on what the problem is. Hematology deals with diseases of the blood, so if there is too much or too little of the blood components (red cells/white cells/platelets) then a hematologist may be consulted. Oncology deals with cancer, so if someone has cancer part of the cancer "team" consists of an oncologist. It's best to consult the heme/onc specialist early on in the disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For blood disorders: Generally you will see a hematologist on referral from your primary doctor. You would be experiencing paleness, shortness of breath, bruising, loss of function and many other symptoms which could be from many sources. Your family doc will figure out that it is a blood disorder and the hematologist will analyze it and determine the best treatment. ...Read more
Possible myeloma: If you have anemia (low red cell count) or an abnormal protein in the blood (m-spike), your doctor may want to rule out multiple myeloma- a disorder of white blood cells. Free light chain testing is part of the evaluation for this. You should speak to your doctor to find out what prompted him to order the test, rather than worrying about it. Good luck, hope it is normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pernicious anemia and reoccurring staph infections. My hematologist referred me to an immunologist as the anemia is unrelated. What is wrong?
Supply line: Living tissues need blood supply to deliver nutrients and oxygen and to get rid of cellular waste. This is especially true in fast growing malignant cells. It's a bit more complex than that but i don't have much space. Blocking angiogenesis is one of the current therapies used for many cancers. ...Read more
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