Knowledge Check

You should consider a diagnosis of spur cell anemia in:

a
A patient with severe inflammatory bowel disease
b
A patient with decompensated cirrhosis but no red cell transfusion needs
c
A patient with decompensated cirrhosis and increasing red cell transfusion needs
d
A patient with a rapidly decreasing platelet count

A spur cell is synonymous with:

a
A burr cell
b
An acanthocyte
c
A microspherocyte
d
A target cell

Treatment for spur cell anemia includes:

a
Beta blocker
b
Prophylactic antibiotics
c
Red cell transfusions
d
Folic acid
e
Red cell exchange