Hereditary Spherocytosis Treatment
Treatment for spherocytosis may include blood transfusions, iron supplements, vitamin B supplements, and surgery to remove the spleen. Removing the spleen usually prevents the complications of the illness. Spleen removal should be delayed as long as possible, in order to reduce the risk for infection.
Treatment for spherocytosis may include:
- Blood transfusions:
- To treat severe anemia
- Iron supplements
- Vitamin B supplements:
- Surgical removal of the spleen
- Usually delayed until age 5, in order to avoid the risk for infection
- Gallbladder may also be removed at the same time in those with gallstones.
- Pneumococcal vaccine for those who have splenectomy:
- Protects against pneumonia from the streptococcal bacteria
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