Unrecognized bleeding disorders are more common in adolescents, especially females, than many parents think. Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s new Adolescent Hematology Clinic, located at the Dublin Close To Home SM Center and the only one of its kind in Ohio, offers both hematology and adolescent reproductive health expertise in a single clinic to diagnose and treat bleeding disorders and the heavy menstrual cycles that often accompany them.
Early diagnosis of bleeding disorders is crucial to help prevent complications later in life after injuries, and especially during childbirth or surgery. Diagnosed bleeding disorders can be controlled with proper treatment, enhancing safety and quality of the patient’s life.
The Adolescent Hematology Clinic at Nationwide Children’s has an all-female hematology and adolescent medicine team, led by Dr. Sarah O’Brien, also an assistant professor with The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine, and Cynthia Holland-Hall, MD, MPH, a physician in Adolescent Health at Nationwide Children’s and an associate professor at OSU College of Medicine. Drs. O’Brien and Holland-Hall and their staff help adolescent girls with excessive menstrual bleeding and can determine if there is a more serious bleeding issue that needs to be treated. The Adolescent Hematology Clinic takes place one day a month and takes calls during normal business hours. For more information call (614) 722-5867.