Frequently Asked Questions
I have been told to have low Haemoglobin. What should I do?
What should I do, if I have low platelet count?
RBC's are the cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Hemoglobin in general correlates with RBC. Normal hemoglobin ranges from 13-16.5gm/dl in males and 12-16gm/dl in females. Value’s less than this is called anemia. Patients with anemia can have generalized tiredness, not able to do their routine activities, chest pain, palpitation(able to hear their own heart sounds), leg swelling, giddiness, etc. We should find the cause for the anemia which is multi-factorial. Once we find the diagnosis, we shall treat it accordingly.
What is Leukemia?
Platelets are the cells that are useful for blood clotting. Normal count ranges from 1.5 – 4.0 lakh cells/mm3. Patients with low platelet count have an increased tendency for bleeding in the form of gum bleeding, excess bleeding after mild trauma, or bleeding anywhere in the body. We should find the cause for the low platelet count. But in general, patients with low platelet count should avoid ‘contact sports’ like football. Beware of any injuries because of the potential for excess bleeding
What is Lymphoma?
Leukemia is an abnormal increase in the number of WBC cells. It is a type of blood cancer. Generally, it can be classified into two major types ALL(Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) & AML(Acute Myeloid Leukemia). Both are potentially curable disease if diagnosed early and if untreated, it is almost always fatal. Some patients may require bone marrow/stem cell transplants as a part of curative therapy.
What are the symptoms of Leukemia/Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is also a type of blood disorder that affects mainly the lymphatic system (a problem in WBC). It usually presents as swelling in the body especially in the neck, axilla(under-arm), inguinal (genital) region. The majority are classified into two types- Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Both are potentially curable disease if diagnosed early and treated appropriately
Most of the patients may have a low-grade fever (on and off), excess weight loss, decreased food intake/loss of appetite, swelling in the body, excessive tiredness, decreased work capacity, any bleeding from mouth, nose, etc. If any of the symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks patient may be suffering from a blood-related problem that needs immediate attention.