Brian Leber MDCM FRCPC


Thalassemia

Thalassemia is a group of inherited blood disorders that interfere with the body’s normal production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a substance that red blood cells need in order to carry oxygen to body tissues. Thalassemia is inherited, passed on through genes from parent to child. Symptoms of the disease vary. Some…

Clotting Factor Replacement for Hemophilia

Hemophilia can be treated by replacing missing blood clotting factors. This is called clotting factor replacement therapy. Clotting factors are replaced by injecting (infusing) a clotting factor concentrate into a vein. Infusions of clotting factors help blood to clot normally. Clotting factor replacement therapy can…

Polycythemia

Polycythemia is an abnormal increase in the number of red blood cells produced by the bone marrow. The extra numbers of red blood cells cause blood to thicken and may increase the risk of blood clots that may cause heart attacks or strokes. Treatment for polycythemia (also called erythrocythemia) sometimes involves…

Von Willebrand’s Disease

What is von Willebrand’s disease? Von Willebrand’s disease is a bleeding disorder. When you have this disease, it takes longer for your blood to form clots, so you bleed for a longer time than other people. Normally, when a person begins to bleed, small blood cells called platelets go to the site of the bleeding and…

Thrombocytopenia

Thrombocytopenia is a disorder in which there are too few platelets and the blood does not clot properly. People who have thrombocytopenia may bleed a lot from an injury because they have an abnormally low number of platelets. Some conditions or diseases lead to thrombocytopenia because they destroy a person’s platelets…