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Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Splenectomy in spherocytosis
13679
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2767
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6105
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16647
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

The St. Vincentius Clinic is the largest multidisciplinary medical institution and academiс hospital of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Treatment and diagnosis of patients is conducted by doctors with a scientific degree. They are introducing the latest progressive techniques.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2874
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6209
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
15696
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2733
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6091
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
13646
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2718
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6085
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16351
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2828
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6138
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
14240
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

The Neuperlach Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2698
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6104
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
18018
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16681
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2766
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6084
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16472
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster
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Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

As an Academic Hospital of the University of Hamburg, the Asklepios Barmbek Hospital offers a wide range of medical services in the field of conservative and surgical treatment. The hospital was opened in 2005 and today it is one of the best and modern medical centers in Europe.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2694
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6228
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16716
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2910
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6521
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16359
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
3809
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
7125
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10 from 38 Votes

The University Hospital Würzburg has been an institution of public law since 2006. It supports the Faculty of Medicine in its research and teaching. As the center of maximum medical care, the University Hospital provides its services to the region with 1,5 million people.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
2688
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6075
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16318
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Würzburg
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Hannover Medical School

9.8/10 from 43 Votes

The Hannover Medical School (MHH) is one of the most efficient medical universities in Germany, treating more than 63,000 inpatients and 460,000 outpatients annually.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
3512
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
6451
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16519
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hannover
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Hospital St. Elisabeth Grevenbroich

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Hospital St. Elisabeth Grevenbroich offers a wide range of medical services. Special focuses include gastroenterology, oncology, general, abdominal and vascular surgery.

Splenectomy in spherocytosis
16585
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Grevenbroich
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Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Neukölln Hospital is the maximum care hospital and one of the largest healthcare facilities in Berlin.   There are more than 20 specialized departments and centers, including pediatric departments. In total, the hospital has 1,200 beds.

Spherocytosis diagnosis
3706
Diagnosis and symptomatic therapy of spherocytosis
7059
Splenectomy in spherocytosis
18523
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

About the disease

Spherocytosis is a hereditary disorder of the red blood cells membrane. Membrane in this case is the surface of red blood cells. In spherocytosis red blood cells become shaped as spheres, while normally they are shaped as flat discs. As a result, red blood cells are unable to pass normally through the spleen because of their shape. Overall, spleen is responsible for purifying the blood from all the harmful bacteria and dead tissue, that`s why it is important for blood to pass through it. As a result, a person with spherocytosis is at greater risk of different infections caused by bacteria. Also, a person with spherocytosis has red blood cells that has shorter life span. Normally, they live up to 120 days. In spherocytosis they break and die after 10 to 30 days. As a result, a person with spherocytosis can develop anemia. Nonetheless, it is rare for a person with spherocytosis to develop severe anemia. In most cases a person has either mild anemia or no symptoms of his/her disease altogether. In fact, many people with spherocytosis are not aware of their condition.

In some cases, there are too many red blood cells that break and die. In such case a person releases too much of a pigment, known as bilirubin, which then is passed through the bloodstream. Then, a person can develop a jaundice resulting in yellow color of the skin, or gallstones. The biggest complication of spherocytosis is blockage of gallstones, if there are too many of them in the gallbladder.  As spherocytosis is a hereditary disease, it can manifest itself already in childhood.

Symptoms

  • Paleness or jaundice
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the upper abdomen in case a person has too many gallstones
  • Muscle weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor will check the spleen to determine if it is enlarged. He will also ask if a person has felt fatigue and dizziness lately, which can be a symptom of anemia.
  • A complete blood count is ordered to determine if a person has too many immature red blood cells, which can be an indicator of spherocytosis. Also, the blood is then examined under the microscope to determine if red blood cells are shaped normally.
  • A bilirubin level test can also be ordered. Too much of this pigment is an indicator that red blood cells break down more often than normal.

Treatment

  • Symptomatic treatment is used to alleviate the symptoms and treat anemia by vitamin therapy to reduce fatigue and boost stamina of a person.
  • Splenectomy is a surgery used to remove the spleen. This way red blood cells of a person will live much longer as red blood cells will not be damaged in the spleen. This is the best way to treat anemia as well and to prevent gallstones.



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