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Hemolytic anemia is a disorder in which the red blood cells are destroyed faster than they can be made. The term for destruction of red blood cells is hemolysis. There are two types of hemolytic anemia, intrinsic and extrinsic.
Possible causes of hemolytic anemia include:
Some types of extrinsic hemolytic anemia are temporary and resolve over several months. Other types can become chronic with periods of remissions and recurrence.
The following are the most common symptoms of hemolytic anemia. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of hemolytic anemia may look like other blood conditions or medical problems. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Your doctor may suspect hemolytic anemia based on your symptoms and a complete medical history and physical exam. In addition, your health care provider may order the following tests:
Specific treatment for hemolytic anemia will be determined by your health care provider based on:
The treatment for hemolytic anemia will vary depending on the cause of the illness. Treatment may include:
In more severe cases, the following treatments may be needed and usually require hospitalization:
It important to work with your health care provider to minimize your risk for episodes of hemolysis, and to reduce your chances of infections. For instance, many people with hemolytic anemia are susceptible to cold, which can trigger the breakdown of red blood cells. By avoiding the cold, wearing warm clothes, and keeping your home warmer, you may minimize your risks. You can reduce your risk for infections by staying away from those who are sick, avoiding large crowds, washing your hands often, avoiding undercooked foods, brushing your teeth regularly, and getting your annual flu shot.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your health care provider:
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