Blood disorders affect one or more parts of the blood and prevent a person's blood from doing its job. They can be acute or chronic. Many blood disorders are inherited. Other causes include other diseases, side effects of medicines, and a lack of certain nutrients in your diet.
There are many types of blood disorders, which can involve problems with red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes, or the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting. Common blood disorders found in children who are featured on RainbowKids include: Thalassemia, Hemophilia, Anemia, Sickle Cell Disease, HIV +, and Hepatitis B.
There are, however, many other blood disorders, which is why we have this general catagory in our special needs area.