What is therapeutic phlebotomy?
Some individuals require withdrawal of blood for treatment of a medical condition. Some conditions require a doctor’s prescription for therapeutic phlebotomy. Other conditions may require enrollment into a special program with or without a doctor’s prescription.
What diseases are treated with therapeutic phlebotomy?
Hereditary Hemochromatosis, polycythemia vera, secondary polycythemia, testosterone-induced erythrocytosis, porphyria cutanea tarda. Other diseases which may benefit from therapeutic phlebotomy can be ordered per individual doctor discretion. A discussion with a Carter BloodCare medical director may be needed in special circumstances.
How often can therapeutic phlebotomy be performed?
Depending on your condition, therapeutic phlebotomy may be performed a few times a year or every two to eight weeks.
How do I make an appointment for a therapeutic phlebotomy?
Therapeutic phlebotomy appointments are currently offered at all Carter BloodCare donor centers. For details on which program you are eligible to enroll in, please call 817-412-5603.