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There are many kinds of diseases that affect your red blood cells and Hereditary Spherocytosis is just one of them. It is defined as an acute autosomal abnormality of erythrocytes, which is rather dominant. The most common symptoms of this problem includes anemia, lack of red blood cells in the body, broken down cell and iron deficiency.
HOW IS HEREDITARY SPHEROCYTOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Besides the routine physical examination, the General Physician can order a blood test to know the number and status of red blood cells. A dermatologist’s help can also be sought to do a microscopic examination of the blood sample to know the shape of the blood cells.
HOW IS HEREDITARY SPHEROCYTOSIS TREATED?
The treatment for this disease includes Splenectomy that involves removing the spleen surgically. This is usually for moderate cases. For extreme cases, partial splenectomy is done to prevent risks of sepsis. In some cases one can also do Cholecystectomy.
DID YOU KNOW?
In HS a crisis can cause yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice), anaemia and a tender spleen very quickly. They can be triggered by viral infections such as colds and flu. Painkillers and plenty of fluids given through the vein are usually all that is needed.