Hereditary elliptocytosis

Elliptocytosis - hereditary

Hereditary elliptocytosis is a disorder passed down through families in which the red blood cells are abnormally shaped. It is similar to other blood conditions such as hereditary spherocytosis and hereditary ovalocystosis.

Red blood cells - elliptocytosis

Elliptocytosis is a hereditary disorder of the red blood cells (RBCs). In this condition, the RBCs assume an elliptical shape, rather than the typical round shape.

Blood cells

Blood is comprised of red blood cells, platelets, and various white blood cells.

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