Hematology is a branch of medicine that concerns itself with the study of blood, the blood-forming tissues, and its diseases. The word "heme" comes from the Greek for blood and the physicians working in this field are called hematologists. Initially, hematologists complete a four-year medical degree which is followed by 3 or 4 years in an internship or residency program. Thereafter, they spend 2 or 3 more years of learning how to diagnose and treat blood disorders.
Common symptoms of white blood cell disorders are:
They perform tests to collect data on:
The basic reasons for referral to the hematologist are the finding of abnormalities on the blood count or symptoms experienced by the patient that the referring doctor believes may be caused by a disease of the blood, bone marrow or sometimes the lymph nodes.
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