In this study we compared the results of the acidified glycerol lysis test, the Pink test and the osmotic fragility test in 38 patients with hereditary spherocytosis and in healthy controls. The sensitivity of the acidified glycerol lysis test was 81.6% when performed within 3 h after blood collection. After incubating for 24 h, the sensitivity increased to 100% whereas the specificity remained maximal. Similar incubation did not improve the diagnostic utility of the Pink test. All patients, but none of the controls, showed a positive osmotic fragility test. It is concluded, because of sensitivity and specificity in this study, that the acidified glycerol lysis test after incubation and the osmotic fragility test are superior to the Pink test in detecting spherocytosis.