Dr. Kathryn Bower is a hematologist oncologist practicing in Morgantown, West Virginia. Dr. Bower specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blood diseases such as anemia, hemophilia, sickle-cell disease, leukemia and lymphoma. Hematologist Oncologists are also trained in the study of cancer and its attack on other organs.
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There could be numerous reasons for your bruising. As we age, our blood vessels are not as strong as they once were, so the aspirin may be contributing even though it has not caused this in the past. There are a couple reasons you bruise. One is that you don't have enough platelets. Another is that your platelets aren't functioning appropriately. A third is that your other factors that play a part in clotting are not at an adequate level. If there are any new medications that you have started recently, including plavix, lovenox, coumadin, xarelto, eliquis, pradaxa, advil, or ibuprofen, those could play a part as well. I would bring this up to your primary physician and have some basic lab work checked just to make sure things are ok. Sincerely, Dr. Bower READ MORE
It could many any number of things. Until you are fully worked up by a hematologist (a physician who specializes in blood disorders), I would not worry too much. It could have also just been an inaccurate sample that was taken. READ MORE
I think it's amazing that you would like to do this in memory of your friend. I have provided you a link where you can sign up to join the national bone marrow registry. You will have to search on the website for sites near you where you would be able to donate. Usually, the way bone marrow is donated is through peripheral lines, like IVs. The most common way to collect marrow is by giving you a shot to increase your white blood cells, and then taking those cells and dividing them out into the stem cells that we need. This is relatively painless. They may be some bony aches with the shots as your marrow produces more cells than it's used to. The other way to donate marrow is via a bone marrow harvest. These are usually reserved for specific situations where a family member does not fully match the recipient. This is a bit more involved, and can be painful at times. Different areas use different techniques, so I cannot speak for all. I would talk to the center where you would be donating to see the specifics of how they retrieve your cells. If it is peripherally, there should be minimal pain involved. Thank you for your generosity. So many individuals can benefit from your donation. Sincerely, Dr. Bower https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/ [https://btm.azureedge.net/facebook.png]<https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/> Learn How to Donate Bone Marrow | Be The Match<https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/> bethematch.org Recruiting new registry members ages 18 to 44 to become a donor and learn the steps of the donation process. READ MORE
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