Pediatric Hematology

If your child has a blood disorder, rely on the pediatric hematologists at Essentia Health to provide exceptional care. We have pediatric hematologists at the Erick Peter Person Children’s Cancer Center in Duluth, Minnesota, as well as our 32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota.

What's a Pediatric Hematologist?

A pediatric hematologist is a pediatrician who has completed additional training in hematology. These specialists treat blood disorders in children and teens. At Essentia, our pediatric hematologists are also pediatric oncologists who treat cancer.

Medical Insight: Pediatric Hematology – Essentia Health Video Transcript

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TRACY BRIGGS: Our health starts with our blood and its ability to carry the nutrients our bodies need to function.

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Dr. Nathan Korbrinsky, a hematology-oncology physician at Essentia Health, sees children and young adults with cancer or blood diseases and disorders. NATHAN KOBRINSKY: There are many important conditions, some that come on abruptly, some that are there for a long time-- iron deficiency, bleeding problems, and recurrent infections recurrent swollen glands, many, many different kinds that fall in the category of blood disease in children. TRACY BRIGGS: Hearing your child has an issue with their blood, many parents assume the worst. NATHAN KOBRINSKY: Hematology does not necessarily mean cancer. TRACY BRIGGS: Dr. Kobrinsky's focus is to provide answers. NATHAN KOBRINSKY: I think that part of the urgency is letting the family know what they're dealing with and the child know they're dealing with, but in a timely fashion because the longer it takes to know, the more fear, the more anxiety. I've found the best part is that in the majority of cases, we can fix a problem. TRACY BRIGGS: Sometimes the problem isn't a blood disease at all, but a secondary symptom of something else. NATHAN KOBRINSKY: We may find, for example, a blood abnormality may show something that's primarily a liver, or a lung, or a heart problem. So we will see patients referred, where it's just not clear what's going on and the cause of it, but there's something in the blood that's not right.

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Tracy Briggs, Essentia Health Medical Insight Host

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TRACY BRIGGS: If you notice symptoms in your child such as frequent fatigue, unexplained bruises, fever, or rashes, contact your primary-care physician. If necessary, they'll refer you to a hematologist for answers.

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With this Essentia Health Medical Insight, I'm Tracy Briggs.

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When to See a Pediatric Hematologist

Your pediatrician or family medicine doctor will refer you to pediatric hematology if needed. Your child may see us for blood disorders such as:

  • Anemia
  • Easy bruising
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Hereditary blood problems
  • Immune problems
  • Frequent infections

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.

Conditions

Blood Disorder Care Close to Home

Whether your child has cancer, or a short-term blood problem, help is here. Being in Duluth, Minnesota, also keeps you close to your support system.

Blood Cancer Care

Turn to Essentia's pediatric oncologists and hematologists for expert treatment of childhood leukemia or lymphoma. Read more about Essentia’s pediatric cancer care.

Anemia Care

If your child's blood doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin, the cells in the body will not get enough oxygen. This can lead to anemia. 

A simple blood test can be used to diagnose anemia. Talk to your child's primary care doctor if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Running out of breath during play or exercise
  • Unusual irritability
  • Pale or yellow skin

Your child's doctor may refer you to a pediatric hematologist to determine possible causes and explain treatment options.

Team-Based Care

Our pediatric oncologists and hematologists work with a team of pediatric sub-specialists. With access to a wide range of children's doctors, you'll get family-centered care tailored to you.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your child's primary care provider for this service.

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