Hereditary Spherocytosis Underlying Cause
Spherocytosis is an inherited disease. The red blood cell wall contains an abnormal protein, which changes the shape of red blood cells: the red blood cells are round, rather than elliptical. These deformed, round red blood cells have a shorter lifespan and tend to break down much faster in the bloodstream. This leads to a reduced number of red blood cells, called hemolytic anemia.
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