Pediatric Hereditary Elliptocytosis and Related Disorders Medication

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Trisha Simone Natanya Tavares, MD; Chief Editor: Vikramjit S Kanwar, MBBS, MBA, MRCP(UK)  more...
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Medication Summary

The only medication routinely used in the treatment of symptomatic hereditary elliptocytosis is folic acid. If not already given, patients undergoing splenectomy require the pneumococcal vaccine (nonconjugated as well as conjugated), meningococcal vaccine, and H influenzae vaccine before the procedure. They may also require prophylactic antibiotics after removal of the spleen. Details of presplenectomy and postsplenectomy care are beyond the scope of this article. Consult age-appropriate recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Class Summary

Vitamins are essential for normal DNA synthesis and are consumed during times of increased RBC turnover.

Folic acid (Folvite)

Folic acid is an important cofactor for enzymes used in the production of RBCs.