Two siblings, both splenectomized at an early age for hereditary spherocytosis, had a severe hemochromatosis develop. The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system typing showed that they were half HLA identical. All the other members of the family who did not have evidence of hereditary spherocytosis, including those who displayed identical HLA haplotypes with the two patients, did not have any increase in iron stores. These results suggest that the two siblings are heterozygous for idiopathic hemochromatosis and that the coexistence of this condition with hereditary spherocytosis can cause a severe iron overload.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Journal of Clinical Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine