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My son was just dx with hereditary spherocytosis. i am so worried about him getting parvovirus and going into aplastic crisis. what do i watch for??

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Parvovirus B19: The main symptom to look for in aplastic crisis is pallor. Parvovirus B19 is somewhat common and symptoms overlap with upper respiratory infection, so it may difficult to avoid completely. People are contagious before the rash appears. Reduce risk of transmission with good handwashing and avoiding close contact with sick people.

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My 6 yo son was dx with hereditary spherocytosis. I am SO worried about him getting parvovirus and going into Aplastic crisis. What do I watch for??

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Pale=ghostlike: Most have a mild to moderate form with a variety of symptoms including mild anemia,which produces fatigue & pallor(ghost like appearance).Intermittent episodes of more profound anemia can occur, but are not silent.Whether this is after a febrile illness like parvo, or a blood trapping event in the spleen, the kids are sicker,have abdominal pain,fatigue & >pallor.All are treatable

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