Hereditary spherocytosis

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Learn about hereditary spherocytosis, how it is diagnosed, treated, and what the potential complications are for people living with the condition.

Key points

  • Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) is an inherited blood disorder of the red blood cells.
  • Red blood cells in HS are round rather than donut shaped and are destroyed in the spleen at an increased rate.
  • Symptoms of HS may include anemia, jaundice and an enlarged spleen.
  • HS is a lifelong condition but symptoms can be managed and treated.
  • Some people may benefit from having a portion, or all, of the spleen surgically removed. Discuss your options with your child’s doctor.
Last updated: January 2nd 2019