Young Women's Bleeding Disorder Clinic

Akron Children's Young Women’s Bleeding Disorder Clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding. The team includes specialists in adolescent medicine and hematology, who work together to determine if the excessive bleeding is caused by regular, heavy periods or a bleeding or platelet disorder. Read More...

Holder Nneka
Nneka Holder, MD
Adolescent Medicine Specialist

Savelli Stephanie
Stephanie Savelli, MD
Director, Cancer Survivorship Program, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program and Divisional Education

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Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Bleeding Disorder, and von Willebrand Disease.

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Overview

Young Women's Bleeding Disorder Clinic - Overview

Excessive menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, can be a source of inconvenience and embarrassment in adolescent girls that can lead to missed school days or activities.

More seriously, it may be a sign of an undiagnosed bleeding disorder and can cause weakness requiring hospitalization or transfusion.

Von Willebrand disease is the most common cause of excessive bleeding. This genetic disease, which occurs in 1 to 2 percent of the population, affects the blood's ability to clot properly. Von Willebrand disease can range in severity and is often diagnosed following a girl’s first menstrual period.

Treatment options for von Willebrand include a nasal spray and sometimes birth control pills to help regulate menstrual periods and improve the young woman's quality of life.

Symptoms

Schedule an appointment if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Excessive menstrual bleeding, such as a period that occurs every 2 weeks or regularly lasts longer than 7 days
  • Excessive bruising
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • A history of excessive bleeding after surgery

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Young Women's Bleeding Disorder Clinic
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330-543-8580

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Akron Children's Hospital
Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
214 W. Bowery Street
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8580
Fax: 330-543-3220
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