Clinical Haematology services are based in a large, purpose-built ward at MGM hospital, Vashi. We provide specialist diagnostic investigations and treatment for a wide range of blood, bone marrow and spleen disorders. Both adult and paediatric well experienced hemato-oncologists on board take care of patients of all age groups.
We treat all types of anaemia, platelet disorders, enlarged lymph nodes or spleen, polycythaemia (high red cell count),bleeding and clotting disorders, iron metabolism disorders such as haemochromatosis (iron overload) and abnormal white cell counts. The department also treats blood cancer, including conditions of leukaemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other disorders.Our service also offers specialist transfusion advice for pregnant women, patients with special requirements and patients who refuse blood products. With a complete multidisciplinary team of hemato-oncologists, lab hemato-pathologists, infectious disease specialists, surgeons and excellent laboratory technicians, the hospital is geared to provide to the patient, utmost quality care with empathy.
We are well- equipped with a full range of inpatient, day care and outpatient facilities.The Department unit is open all round the clock, all round the week, readily suited to handle any medical emergency at any time. It is fully computerized and linked through the hospital network to all wards and GP surgeries which processes approximately 34,000 Full Blood Count tests.
The Department of Haematology provides both clinical and laboratory services for the diagnosis and treatment of all blood and blood related disorders. Sub-specialities in clinical services include the following:
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The haematological sciences collaborative research groups which covers the work of academic and clinical departments.The work includes developing the understanding of haemoglobinopathies in adults as well as children. The department has successfully conducted heamoglobinopathies testing By HPLC Method By BIO- RAD Fully automated instrument. Haemoglobinopathies, particularly Thalassemia and Sickle cell disease are a major health problem, placing an immeasurable emotional, psychological, and economic burden on millions of people around the world. It is in this context that the role of prevention is best understood. MGM Hospital’s Pathology Laboratory is well equipped with HPLC Retention time method on the instrument BIO-RAD VARIANT which is used as a diagnostic tool for heamoglobinopathies. It has helped us in efficient & accurate screening of the same.
KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR BLOOD AND BONE MARROW:
|Q: What is a bone marrow test?
|Haematology doctors often need to take small samples of bone marrow to help with diagnosis of certain blood disorders, and sometimes other disorders. This is a quick and simple procedure which can be carried out in the out patient clinic. Local anaesthetic is given to numb an area of skin usually over the pelvis (just above the buttock) and a needle is used to take a small sample of bone marrow. The procedure usually only takes about 15 minutes. Sometimes people are given sedative drugs before the procedure and will need to stay an hour or two afterwards to allow these drugs to wear off. If you are given sedative medicines, you cannot drive for the rest of the day. If not, you can go back to work if you wish and have a normal day after the bone marrow test.The samples taken are analysed by the haematology doctors. The results are usually available in about one week to ten days, sooner for some tests.|
|Q: What are the symptoms of Haematological Cancer?
|The symptoms of haematological illnesses can be many and varied. Such symptoms may include unusual bleeding or infection, fatigue, shortness of breath, bone pain, enlargement of lymph glands, weight loss, night sweats and generally feeling unwell or run down.|
|Q: What foods to consume to increase haemoglobin level?
|If you have low hemoglobin, one of the easiest ways to increase your level is to make sure your diet includes enough iron. It is recommended that women get 8 mgs of iron each day; men should get 10 mgs.|
|1. Iron-rich Foods. If you eat meat, beef, liver, and shrimp are great iron-rich foods. If you are a vegetarian, you will have to get your iron from sources that are not as readily absorbable. Some of these sources are spinach, tofu, asparagus, pineapple, dried fruits and iron-enriched breads and grains. If you are not allergic, add some almonds and other nuts to your diet for a quick boost in iron.|
|2. Vitamin C-rich Foods. Vitamin C helps your body to absorb the iron you eat. You can get vitamin C from many fruits and vegetables including peppers, mangoes, oranges, strawberries, cabbage, broccoli, grapefruit, tangerines, tomatoes, and spinach.|
|3. Folic Acid-rich Foods. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins that are essential in producing red blood cells. Folic acid is found in sprouts, seeds, peanuts, broccoli, wheat germ, and other nuts. Be sure to add more folic acid to your diet if you are taking a lot of Vitamin C since Vitamin C causes your body to excrete folic acid.|
|4. Whole Grains. Many whole grains in the form of breads, cereals and pastas are enriched with iron. These iron-enriched foods can provide a good source of iron to increase your hemoglobin. Be sure to read the label to know how much iron is in your food.|
|There are also certain things you should avoid to prevent low hemoglobin count.|
|1. Iron Blockers: There are foods that block your body from absorbing iron. Avoid drinks such as coffee, tea, milk, and colas and foods that contain a lot of fiber and calcium. Over-the-counter antacids can also block the absorption of iron.|
|2. Oxalic Acid Foods: In some people, foods high in oxalic acid (such as parsley) may bind with iron and not allow your body to absorb the iron.|
|3. Food with Gluten: If you have celiac disease, you should avoid gluten- containing foods such as wheat since the gluten can block the absorption of iron.|