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Br J Haematol. 1996 May;93(2):303-10.

Thrombo-embolic disease after splenectomy for hereditary stomatocytosis.

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Department of Medicine, University College London Medical School, UK.


Nine cases of hereditary stomatocytosis (HSt) are presented which show documented thrombotic complications after splenectomy. In three cases, patients became severely ill with pulmonary hypertension and a fourth developed portal hypertension. One unsplenectomized affected adult relative had suspected but unconfirmed thrombotic pathology; the six other affected unsplenectomized adults did not. Since splenectomy is of only limited therapeutic benefit in stomatocytosis, it should not be performed without careful consideration. A tendency to iron overload, even without hypertransfusion and irrespective of splenectomy, is evident in many of these patients.

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