Problem

Elliptocytosis

Other Names:
Ovalocytosis
Nature:

Hereditary elliptocytosis, also known as ovalocytosis, is an inherited blood disorder in which an abnormally large number of the person's red blood cells are elliptical rather than the typical biconcave disc shape. Such morphologically distinctive erythrocytes are sometimes referred to as elliptocytes or ovalocytes. It is one of many red-cell membrane defects. In its severe forms, this disorder predisposes to haemolytic anaemia. Although pathological in humans, elliptocytosis is normal in camelids.

Broader Problems:
Hereditary haemolytic anaemias
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
30.12.2017 – 03:07 CET