Combined Hereditary Spherocytosis and ß-thalassemia trait: A Rare Co-existence ED09-ED11
Dr. Saraswathy Sreeram,
Department of Pathology Kasturba Medical College, Lighthouse Hill Road, Hampankatta, Mangaluru-575001, Karnataka, India.
Haemoglobinopathies are the commonest haemolytic disorders, prevalent in India and form a major bulk of patients in most of the haematology outpatient clinics. ß-thalassaemia is the commonest inherited haemolytic anaemia and presence of ß-Thalassaemia Trait (BTT) goes mostly undetected due to its asymptomatic clinical course. However, BTT should be diagnosed so as to conduct a genetic counselling and to prevent the number of births of affected children in turn reducing the financial burden on the affected family. Detection of combined haemolytic anaemia is on a rise due to better screening modalities in haemoglobinopathies. We hereby present two cases of combined BTT and Hereditary Spherocytosis (HS), and their clinical outcome.