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Hereditary spherocytosis arises from alterations in the genes encoding red blood cell membrane proteins. Although its diagnosis is mostly clinical, recent advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have allowed for a faster cost-effective gene-based diagnosis. We report the case of a boy with spherocytic anemia and development delay in whom a de novo 2.84-Mb deletion at chromosome 14 including SPTB (ß-spectrin gene) was identified by array-based comparative genomic hybridization. This alteration, consistent with de novo spherocytosis, was missed by a NGS gene panel. When associated with other symptoms, especially neurologic, NGS may not be appropriate to genetically diagnose spherocytic anemia.


Elena Panizo Morgado, María Teresa Darnaude, Julián Torres Mohedas, María Benedit, Áurea Cervera Bravo. Beta-Spectrin Deletion Responsible for Hereditary Spherocytosis: When New Technologies Are Not the Key to Success. Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology. 2020 Oct;42(7):e686-e688

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PMID: 32079985

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