Thrombosis Center

  • Diagnosis and Treating Clotting Disorders

    At the Thrombosis Center at Cincinnati Children’s, our team utilizes sophisticated diagnostic tests and the most effective therapies available to serve patients with clotting disorders.

    Sophisticated diagnostic services

    Extensive laboratory and radiology services enable our physicians to diagnose clotting disorders and to evaluate a child’s long-term clotting risks.

    Radiologists at Cincinnati Children’s have extensive experience caring for children and young adults who are being evaluated for clotting disorders. Our radiology department offers the full spectrum of imaging technologies, including ultrasound, CT scans, MRI and many others.

    The on-site Coagulation Laboratory allows our team to receive high-quality test results quickly, rather than having to rely on an outside testing facility.

    Individualized treatment

    After a diagnosis is made, the thrombosis care team meets with the family to establish an individualized treatment plan. Treatment options include:

    • Anticoagulation (anti-clotting) drug therapy
      Our team of hematologists and nurses provides expert management of anti-coagulation drugs on an inpatient and outpatient basis. This includes teaching caregivers how to administer the drugs safely and effectively.
    • Vascular intervention
      Hematologists and interventional radiologists on the vascular intervention team provide minimally invasive, clot-busting therapies using image guidance. One example is catheter-directed thrombolysis, which involves delivering medication or a mechanical device directly to the site of a clot to break it up.

      The team also specializes in inserting filters into the inferior vena cava (the large vein that runs from the legs and abdomen to the heart and lungs) at a point that prevents clots from traveling from the legs to the heart and lungs.
    • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
      Physical therapists help patients regain function when a blood clot has affected their mobility.