Symptoms & Signs
Infants may have yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) and pale coloring (pallor).
Other symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
Diagnosis & Tests
In most cases, the spleen is enlarged.
Laboratory tests can help diagnose this condition. Tests may include:
- Blood smear to show abnormally shaped cells
- Bilirubin level
- Complete blood count to check for anemia
- Coombs’ test
- LDH cholesterol level
- Osmotic fragility
- Reticulocyte count
Review Date : 1/12/2009
Reviewed By : Todd Gersten, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, Palm Beach Cancer Institute, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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