Clinical Haematology

Dr Shahroch Nahrwar specializes in haematology. He often treats patients with challenging, life-threatening and rare conditions. Haematology is the science or study of blood, blood-forming organs and blood diseases. Clinical haematology is concerned with the research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blood and lymphatic system disorders. Patients are usually referred by their primary doctor to a haematologist if their blood tests came back with abnormalities.

Patients coming in for a consultation will have their full medical history taken. Dr Nahrwar will perform an examination, take blood samples and later examine these blood samples in a lab. A basic blood analysis measures the sugar level, electrolyte and fluid balance, as well as kidney function. Should it be necessary, Doctor Nahrwar can perform various tests, including bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, and lumbar punctures.

Common conditions

  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura - ITP may occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks platelets. In children, it may follow a viral infection. In adults, it may be chronic.
  • Bleeding disorders including types of haemophilia and Von Willebrand disease.
  • Cancer/Malignant disorders such as leukaemia, polycythemia, myeloma, and lymphoma
  • Anaemia - it occurs when you do not have enough red blood cells or when your red blood cells do not function properly. Conditions include iron deficiency anaemia, sickle-cell anaemia and aplastic anaemia.
  • White blood cell disorders - such as leukopenia and neutropenia Thrombocythemia/thrombocytosis - an excess amount of blood
  • platelets
  • Thalassemia - a condition in which your body doesn’t make enough haemoglobin
  • Blood Clotting problems, such as deep vein thrombosis and thrombophilia.
  • Sepsis - an infection in the blood

Treatments for these conditions can include drug therapies such as blood thinners/anticoagulants, dialysis, chemo- and radiation therapy, surgical interventions, or stem cell/bone marrow transplants.

Diagnosing a patient with a genetic/hereditary condition can be helpful to other family members because they too can be screened and treated, if necessary.

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