Department providers Christina Amend and Maria Standiford launch Adolescents with Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Clinic

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Teenage patients with bleeding and clotting concerns have a new resource for multidisciplinary care in the new Adolescents with Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Clinic. The clinic was started by Christina Amend, MD, assistant professor, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant, and Maria Standiford, NP, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The clinic will take place on a Thursday afternoon once a month at the American Family Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinics. A full bleeding disorder team supports the clinic.

Patients with a variety of concerns may seek a consultation in this new clinic. There will be support for people with heavy menstrual bleeding that would warrant a bleeding disorder work-up as well as focused discussion on hormonal period control and medical management of bleeding. The clinic will also be a resource for teenagers who have clots and a desire to discuss the utility of a thrombophilia evaluation, non-estrogen-containing contraception (if needed), mental health issues, and lifestyle discussions that are related to the diagnosis.

In the future, nutritional experts will join the clinic and provide support for patients with iron deficiency.

Photo by Bob Gordon/Department of Pediatrics