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Erythrocyte Membrane Disorders

  1. Willian T Tse

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0006094



How to Cite

Tse, W. T. 2006. Erythrocyte Membrane Disorders. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Erythrocyte membrane disorders, such as hereditary spherocytosis and elliptocytosis, usually present with abnormal red cell shapes, hemolysis and anemia. Recent genomic research has shown that defects in proteins that constitute the erythrocyte membrane skeleton are often the causes of these disorders.


  • spherocytosis;
  • elliptocytosis;
  • pyropoikilocytosis;
  • spectrin;
  • ankyrin