What are blood disorders?

There are many different types of blood disorders which affect Australian men and women.

Understanding blood disorders

There are many different types of blood disorders. A blood disorder is similar to a blood cancer, but is defined as non-malignant (meaning it is not cancerous).

A general practitioner can help to diagnose a blood disorder and will likely refer you to a haematologist for treatment and management of your condition. A haematologist is a specialist doctor who treats blood-related disorders and disease.

When something is wrong with your blood it can affect your overall health, and if left untreated symptoms commonly impact day-to-day life.

Common types of blood disorders

At Icon, we diagnose and treat the causes and symptoms of a wide-range of blood disorders including:

  • AnaemiaAnaemia is a lack of red blood cells in the blood which result in reduced oxygen to the cells
  • Iron deficiencyIron deficiency is a type of anaemia which causes tiredness, shortness of breath and dizziness
  • HaemochromatosisHaemochromatosis is an inherited genetic condition which occurs when the body absorbs and improperly stores too much iron from the diet
  • MyelodysplasiaMyelodysplasia refers to a group of blood disorders that cause problems in the blood cells produced in the bone marrow


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