Article Abstract

Old and new insights into the diagnosis of hereditary spherocytosis

Authors: Olga Ciepiela

Abstract

Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) belongs to the group of congenital hemolytic anemias resulting from plasma membrane protein deficiency. When diagnosed too late, HS bares the risk of long-term complications including gall stones and severe anemia. Here, there are discussed advances in HS screening and diagnostics, with a particular focus on methodologies, most of which are available in clinical laboratories worldwide.