Last reviewed: November 2017
Last updated: October  2016

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • presence of risk factors
  • pallor
  • jaundice
  • splenomegaly

Other diagnostic factors

  • fatigue
  • hydrops foetalis or stillbirth

Risk factors

  • FHx of splenectomy, anaemia, jaundice, or HS
  • white ancestry

Diagnostic investigations

1st investigations to order

  • FBC
  • reticulocyte count
  • blood smear
  • serum bilirubin
  • serum aminotransferases
  • direct anti-globulin test (DAT)
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Investigations to consider

  • eosin-5-maleimide binding test
  • acidified glycerol lysis test
  • sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • osmotic fragility (OF) test
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Emerging tests

  • genetic analysis
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Treatment algorithm

Contributors

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Consultant in Transfusion Medicine

Medical Director

Serious Hazards of Transfusion Scheme

Manchester Blood Centre

Manchester

UK

Disclosures

PB-M has received travel and accommodation payments to give a series of lectures on paediatric haematology, one of which was on HS. She also was an expert witness in a legal case concerning a child with HS. PB-M is an author of some references cited in this topic.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Little Rock

AR

Disclosures

SC declares that she has no competing interests.

Peer reviewers VIEW ALL

Professor of Medicine Emeritus

School of Medicine and Public Health

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison

WI

Disclosures

RS is an author of a number of references cited in this monograph.

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