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Hereditary elliptocytosis

  • Alternative Names

    Elliptocytosis - hereditary


    There is no treatment needed for the disorder unless severe anemia or anemia symptoms occur. Surgery to remove the spleen may decrease the rate of red blood cell damage.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Most persons with hereditary elliptocytosis have no problems, and are unaware of their condition.


    Elliptocytosis is frequently harmless. In mild cases, fewer than 15% of red blood cells are elliptical-shaped. However, some people may have crises in which the red blood cells rupture, especially if they have a viral infection. Persons with this disease can develop anemia, jaundice, and gallstones.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have jaundice that doesn't go away or symptoms of anemia or gallstones.