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Hereditary elliptocytosis

  • Definition

    Hereditary elliptocytosis is a disorder passed down through families in which the red blood cells are abnormally shaped.

    See also:

    • Hereditary spherocytosis
    • Hereditary ovalocystosis

    Alternative Names

    Elliptocytosis - hereditary

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Elliptocytosis affects about 1 in every 2,500 people of northern European heritage. It is more common in people of African and Mediterranean descent. You are more likely to develop this condition if someone in your family has had it.