Pediatric Blood Disorder Specialists
Cancer and blood disorders are tragic episodes in any family’s life but seem especially so when the patient is a child or adolescent. That is why CHRISTUS Health's compassionate and experienced team offers top-quality care during these trying events. We provide complete care with access to consulting physicians and some of the top pediatric subspecialists to ensure your child gets the best of care for their condition. Our constant communication and continuity of care from diagnostic lab work through discharge to ensure we provide precise care of your child.
Our Hematology Program
Our comprehensive hematology program is available to evaluate and assist children and their families to manage various hematology conditions and diseases including immune thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic anemia, hemoglobinopathies, and marrow failure syndromes such as aplastic anemia and Fanconi anemia.
The Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Center continues to grow to meet the needs of our patients. Our inpatient unit is located on the eighth floor featuring eight spacious private rooms that are specially ventilated to decrease the risk of infections. Patients and their families have access to a family lounge with a washer, dryer and kitchen amenities. The Ronald McDonald House is available for patients who live out of town and is conveniently located on the fourth floor of the hospital. A social worker can provide more information about the Ronald McDonald House and other accommodations.
Sickle Cell Program
We are dedicated to helping children living with sickle cell disease and sickle cell-related disorders have a better quality of life. We provide an array of high-quality comprehensive care including:
- Genetic counseling for hemoglobinopathy identified by newborn screening
- Annual evaluations that offer education about pain, infections and pulmonary complications
- Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound to identify patients at risk for stroke
- Hydroxyurea management
- Optimal medical management
Our program's primary focus is to prevent and minimize disease-related complications with regular physician visits and annual comprehensive screening for asthma and stroke. In addition, we have an erthrocytapheresis program that seeks to prevent iron overload associated with chronic transfusion therapy. If your child has been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, click here to learn more.