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What is PNH? From Diagnosis to Treatment

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Description

Dr. Parker uses a number of real life case studies to help you understand PNH and its treatment. During this program, he explains PNH, discuss the possible causes and defines symptoms you might experience. He also covers treatment options, including eculizumab, immunosuppressive drug therapy, stem cell transplantation, and supportive therapies like blood transfusions. He ends with some practical tips for taking charge of your care.

By the end of this program, you will be able to understand:

  • The three types of PNH blood cells
  • The symptoms of hemolysis (red blood cells breaking apart) and thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Your treatment options and the advances in PNH treatment
  • The relationship between PNH, aplastic anemia, and MDS, specifically aplastic anemia
  • What personalized medicine means in relationship to PNH
  • How to take an active role in your care
This program was brought to you by Achillion Pharmaceuticals

Contributors

  • Charles Parker, MD

    Charles Parker is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Utah, the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the George E. Whalen VA Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT. As a Hematologist, his clinical interests include paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, hemochromatosis and porphyria. Dr. Parker received his MD from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received training in medicine and Hematology from the North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill and Duke University. In the past, Dr. Parker served as President of the International Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Interest Group. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Hematologist.