Disorder - ElliptocytosisOrgan Systems Involved
A condition that affects the outer layer of red blood cells causing the cells to be misshapen.
A blood test will show that many of the red blood cells of these dogs are considerably misshapen. The red blood cells appear oval-shaped compared to a normal round shape, with many also having serrated borders. Affected dogs will have a mild anaemia, i.e. a deficiency of red blood cells, as the abnormally shaped cells are broken down more quickly than normal by the body. Externally and more obviously, a dog suffering from the disorder may appear quite small for its age and may not grow to the expected size for its breed. More severe symptoms, however, are usually not seen.
Increased Osmotic Fragility
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