Images of hereditary spherocytosis peripheral blood smears demonstrating marked spherocytosis and polychromasia. From MLS Collection, University of Alberta.
Image 1: 100x oil immersion. https://doi.org/10.7939/R34B2XK9F
Image 2: 50 x oil immersion. https://doi.org/10.7939/R3HM53096
The hereditary condition results in the formation of spherocytes with a decreased life span, decreased deformability, and a reduced surface-to-volume ratio causing increased osmotic fragility.1
Genetic mutations in the vertical protein linkages between the membrane and cytoskeleton: α-spectrin, β-spectrin, band 3, ankyrin, and protein 4.2.1-4 Results in loss of unsupported membrane overtime, and spherocyte formation.
Autosomal dominant or recessive depending on which mutations are inherited.
MCV: Decreased to Normal
MCH: Normal to Increased
Spherocytes (Variable amounts)
Increased inclusions (HJ bodies, pappenheimer bodies)
M:E Ratio: Decreased
Osmotic Fragility: Increased
Eosin -5’-maleimide Binding Test: Decreased fluorescence
DAT: Negative (AIHA with spherocytes are DAT positive)
Markers of EVH:
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2. Keohane EM. Intrinsic defects leading to increased erythrocyte destruction. In: Rodak’s hematology clinical applications and principles. 5th ed. St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders; 2015. p. 367–93.
3. Andolfo I, Russo R, Gambale A, Iolascon A. New insights on hereditary erythrocyte membrane defects. Haematologica [Internet]. 2016 Nov 22 [cited 2018 Jun 26];101(11):1284–94. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5394881/
4. Da Costa L, Galimand J, Fenneteau O, Mohandas N. Hereditary spherocytosis, elliptocytosis, and other red cell membrane disorders. Blood Rev [Internet]. 2013[cited 2018 Jul 24];27(4):167–78. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0268960X13000192