Hereditary Spherocytosis

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Overview

Hereditary spherocytosis is a genetic blood disorder that causes the destruction of red blood cells.

Children with hereditary spherocytosis are treated at Seattle Children's, an SCCA parent organization. Seattle Children's has a long history of successfully caring for children and teens with blood disorders.
 
Hereditary spherocytosis is not very common, so community doctors usually have limited knowledge of the disease. This is why in the United States most children with the disorder receive treatment at centers, like Seattle Children's, that have special experience with children's blood disorders. Doctors at Seattle Children's monitor the care of almost a hundred children with hereditary spherocytosis.
 
Seattle Children's blood disorders program brings together experts from more than 20 subspecialties to provide diagnostic services and treatments, including the very latest options. For example, some children with hereditary spherocytosis may benefit from surgical removal of the spleen. Our surgeons have extensive experience with laparoscopic spleen removal, even in the youngest and smallest children. 

Our team of pediatric hematologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, child life specialists and chaplains partners with you to provide expert, family-centered care and compassionate support. We help you understand your child’s health and treatment options because we know that you, your child and your family are an important part of the care team. 
 
Because our doctors take part in and often lead national and international research studies, Seattle Children's can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients.
 
Read more about hereditary spherocytosis on the Seattle Children’s web site.
 
To make an appointment, call Seattle Children's at (206) 987-2106.