Laparoscopic splenectomy in patients with hereditary spherocytosis: report on 12 consecutive cases

@article{Vecchio2013LaparoscopicSI,
  title={Laparoscopic splenectomy in patients with hereditary spherocytosis: report on 12 consecutive cases},
  author={Rosario Vecchio and Eva Intagliata and Fabio Ferla and Salvatore Marchese and Rossella Rosaria Cacciola and Emma Cacciola},
  journal={Updates in Surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={65},
  pages={277-281}
}
Hereditary spherocytosis is an inherited hemolytic anemia caused by a deficiency in erythrocyte membrane proteins. Removal of the spleen may reduce the intra-splenic hemolytic process of the disease and, therefore, may correct the anemia. Furthermore, it seems to decrease the levels of serum bilirubin, thus reducing the formation of gallbladder stones. Indications and timing of splenectomy, however, are still debated. Twelve patients with severe hereditary spherocytosis operated on with… CONTINUE READING

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