Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) is a genetic disorder that effects males and females of all ethnic and racial groups. The disease is passed down through generations and a child born to a parent with HHT has a 50% chance of also inheriting the disease. HHT causes bleeding from abnormal blood vessels, which are often manifested as frequent bloody noses. However, the abnormality often involves other organs of the body such as the digestive system, lungs, brain and can cause a stroke or pulmonary hypertension if not properly treated.
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to chat live about HHT, including diagnosis and treatment options, with our HHT specialist, Dr. Joseph Parambil from the Cleveland Clinic.
Joseph Parambil, MD, is a Staff Member in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Parambil heads up our HHT Center and is also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Parambil earned his medical degree from Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary. He completed a surgical internship at Frankford Hospital at the Frankford Campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed an internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich., as well as a Fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with additional specialty certification in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. Dr. Parambil has presented a number of times on topics such as disease pathology, connective tissue disorders, and the causes and associations of pulmonary infarctions, among many others. He has also published a number or articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as having published a number of abstracts and a book chapter on pulmonary hypertension in pregnancy.
The Cleveland Clinic is designated as a HHT Treatment Center by the HHT Foundation International, Inc. and is the only designated center in Ohio and the surrounding states. Our HHT Center of Excellence uses a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating HHT by working closely with specialists from respiratory, neurology, hematology, interventional radiology, maternal and fetal medicine, pediatrics and genetics. We often see large families coming at one time and our coordinator is able to schedule appointments with all of the necessary specialist a timely manner in order to minimize your length of stay.
This Health Chat will open on
Monday, April 14, 2014
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