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medicine for hereditary spherocytosis

A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
See a hematologist: Most children have mild disease, can live a normal life, and do not require splenectomy. Take Folic Acid supplements as recommended. Watch for sudde ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Engel
19 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
It depends on the...: Severity of your disease. There is wide variation in the clinical presentation, even within the same family (presumably the same mutation). This is be ... Read More
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Dr. Scott Diede
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Fragile RBCs: Hereditary spherocytosis (hs) is the most common inherited anemia in persons of northern european descent. It is caused by a mutation that changes the ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arold Augustin
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Cell abnormality: Hereditary form of a blood disorder, inherited in a dominant fashion such that its presence on one allele/chromosome will be associated with clinical ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: The most common hereditary form is autosomal dominant, with a 50% transmission risk with every conception. There is a less common autosomal recessive ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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Supportive care: There is no cure for hereditary spherocytosis (hs) and treatment is supportive. Blood transfusions are sometimes required. Folic acid supplementation ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Weitberg
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
See below: The red blood cells in people with hereditary spherocytosis are sphere-shaped rather than the disk shape of a normal red blood cell. These spherocyte ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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Fragile RBCs: Hereditary spherocytosis (hs) is the most common inherited anemia in persons of northern european descent. It is caused by a mutation that changes the ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Repeater: In the unlikely event that he gets parvo and actually needs to be supported through it, you'll have plenty of time between the onset of obvious seriou ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ruben Mesa
29 years experience Hematology
Not likely: Given most patients with hereditary spherocytosis (hs) have the disease lifelong would not likely cause a change in fatigue levels.
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Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Depends on: size of spleen, severity of anemia, and presence of gallstones. You need to consult with a hematologist for advice regarding options for treatment, i ... Read More
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