Learn About Hereditary Ovalocytosis

What is the definition of Hereditary Ovalocytosis?

Hereditary ovalocytosis is a rare condition passed down through families (inherited). The blood cells are oval-shaped instead of round. It is a form of hereditary elliptocytosis.

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What are the alternative names for Hereditary Ovalocytosis?

Ovalocytosis - hereditary

What are the causes of Hereditary Ovalocytosis?

Ovalocytosis is mainly found in Southeast Asian populations.

What are the symptoms of Hereditary Ovalocytosis?

Newborn infants with ovalocytosis may have anemia and jaundice. Adults most often do not show symptoms.

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What are the current treatments for Hereditary Ovalocytosis?

In severe cases, the disease may be treated by removal of the spleen (splenectomy).

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What are the possible complications of Hereditary Ovalocytosis?

The condition may be associated with gallstones or kidney problems.

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What are the Latest Advances for Hereditary Ovalocytosis?

There is no recent research available for this condition. Please check back because thousands of new papers are published every week and we strive to find and display the most recent relevant research as soon as it is available.

Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date: January 25, 2022
Published By: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Gallagher PG. Hemolytic anemias: red blood cell membrane and metabolic defects. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 152.

Gallagher PG. Red blood cell membrane disorders. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ, Silberstein LE, et al, eds. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 45.

Merguerian MD, Gallagher PG. Hereditary elliptocytosis, hereditary pyropoikilocytosis, and related disorders. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 486.