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Hereditary spherocytosis

Hereditary spherocytosis: Introduction

Hereditary spherocytosis: A rare genetic condition characterized by a defect of the red blood cell membrane. It is characterized by abnormally-shaped red blood cells which are spherical rather than doughnut-shaped. The abnormal red blood cells are broken down by the spleen sooner than normal which leads to problems such as anemia. There are various subtypes of the disorder which are distinguished by the origin of the underlying genetic defect. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Hereditary spherocytosis is available below.

Symptoms of Hereditary spherocytosis

Treatments for Hereditary spherocytosis

  • Severe anemia may require blood transufusions
  • Chronic anemia can be treated with folic acid supplements
  • Chronic enlargement of the spleen may require surgical removal of the spleen (splenectomy)
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Definitions of Hereditary spherocytosis:

Autosomal dominant trait marked by splenomegaly, jaundice, and fragile, spheroid erythrocytes which are prematurely cleared by the spleen; anemia is usually mild; treatment is splenectomy. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Hereditary spherocytosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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