Platelet Function Disorders

What are platelet function disorders?

Platelets are cells in the blood stream that help the blood to clot in order stop bleeding. Children with a platelet function disorder may not be able to clot normally which results in an increased risk of bleeding. Platelet function disorders in children can be from several root causes, including external factors and genetics.

How we care for platelet function disorders

Children with all types of abnormal platelet function are treated through the Platelet Function Disorders Program within the Blood Disorders Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’sOur program includes pediatric hematologists with specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating all types of childhood platelet disorders. We provide comprehensive care to children and adolescents, including access to the most recent treatments and to unique clinical trials. Our team includes world renowned researchers who are seeking to better understand and treat pediatric platelet disorders.

Our areas of research for platelet function disorders

Physician-scientists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s are world leaders in research into platelet function disorders and are active members of The Center for Platelet Research Studies, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary center for the study of platelet function by state of the art methods. The center undertakes basic, translational, and clinical research, including clinical trials of drugs, devices, and tests. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.