New in 2010 - Young Women's Bleeding Disorder Clinic

Drs. Nneka Holder, Erin Cockrell and Stephanie Savelli

Drs. Nneka Holder, Erin Cockrell and Stephanie Savelli

In the fall of 2010, Akron Children’s Hospital opened the Young Women’s Bleeding Disorder Clinic in response to an increase in the number of girls and young women with heavy menstrual bleeding.

Some studies have found that as many as 50 percent of females with heavy menstrual bleeding may have a bleeding disorder. These bleeding disorders not only cause heavy menstrual bleeding, but can also cause significant bleeding after surgery, trauma or childbirth, making early recognition important.

The two conditions most often responsible for excessive menstrual bleeding are von Willebrand disease and platelet function disorders.

Our Young Women’s Bleeding Disorder Clinic makes it possible for young females to be evaluated by both an adolescent medicine specialist, Dr. Nneka Holder, and a hematologist, Dr. Erin Cockrell or Dr. Stephanie Savelli, to determine if the abnormal bleeding is due to a bleeding disorder or another cause.

Our clinic is available on the first Thursday afternoon of each month. In the first three months, we received 38 referrals and at least 10 percent of these girls were diagnosed with a bleeding disorder.

This specialty clinic is for females from the onset of menarche up to age 25 with abnormal bleeding symptoms. Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, excessive bleeding after surgery, frequent nose bleeds, excessive bruising or a family history of a bleeding disorder.

Young Women's Bleeding Disorder Clinic opens
Publication: Showers Family Center Newsletter
Issue: 2010 Annual Report

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