Hemolytic Anemia

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Hemolytic Anemia

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At this point in my disease, I am currently on the verge of either a breakthrough or breakdown. My counts seem to have a mind of their own, and what the SLE doesn’t think of, the Hemolytic Anemia seems to.

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Hemolytic patients display the general symptoms seen in other anemias, including paleness, shortness of breath and fatigue.

All About Blood

Haemolysis may be confused with conditions associated with unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia, anaemia and reticulocytosis. These include bilirubin conjugation defects, acute blood loss and megaloblastic anaemia.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

There are many types of hemolytic anemia. Treatment and outlook depend on what type you have and how severe it is. The condition can develop suddenly or slowly. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Hemolytic anemia often can be successfully treated or controlled. Mild hemolytic anemia may need no treatment at all. Severe hemolytic anemia requires prompt and proper treatment, or it may be fatal. Inherited forms of hemolytic anemia are lifelong conditions that may require ongoing treatment. Acquired forms of hemolytic anemia may go away if the cause of the condition is found and corrected.


Common Causes 1. Lymphoproliferative Disorder 2. Iatrogenic Hemolytic Anemia 3. Medications (Most common cause)a.See Drug-Induced Hemolytic Anemia 4. Connective Tissue Disorders 5. Infectiona. Epstein Barr Virus (Mononucleosis, Cytomegalovirus (CMV, Mycoplasma pneumonia 6. Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria 7. Favism (G6PD Deficiency)

Life in the FastLane

•Haemolytic anaemia is anemia due to shortened survival of red cells in the circulation •Normal RBC lifespan is 120 days, therefore it is useful to think of hemolytic anemia as representing RBC survival of less than 100 days Shortened lifespan can be due to RBC destruction from: •intravascular or extravascular mechanisms •immune or non-immune-mediated •extrinsic causes or intrinsic RBC abnormalities


Haemolysis leads to haemolytic anaemia when bone marrow activity cannot compensate for the increased loss of red blood cells (RBCs).

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