How I approach hereditary hemolytic anemia and splenectomy
Pediatric Blood and Cancer
Hereditary hemolytic anemias (HHA) are a heterogeneous group of anemias associated with decreased red cell survival. While there can be clinical benefit of splenectomy in many cases, splenectomy is not appropriate for all types of HHA. Additionally, there are significant risks during and following splenectomy including surgical risks, postsplenectomy sepsis, and thrombotic complications. This review discusses the diagnostic approach to HHA as well as the role of splenectomy in the management. Surgical approaches and outcomes for total and partial splenectomy are discussed.
Rothman, Jennifer A.; Stevens, Jenny L.; Gray, Fabienne L.; and Kalfa, Theodosia A., "How I approach hereditary hemolytic anemia and splenectomy" (2020). School of Medicine Faculty Publications. 1599.