Hemolytic Anemias

Posted by e-Medical PPT Wednesday, May 26, 2010
 Hemolytic anemia occurs when the bone marrow is unable to increase production to make up for the premature destruction of red blood cells and the abnormal breakdown of red blood cells  either in the blood vessels (intravascular hemolysis) or elsewhere in the body (extravascular). It has numerous possible causes, ranging from relatively harmless to life-threatening. The general classification of hemolytic anemia is either inherited or acquired. Treatment depends on the cause and nature of the breakdown.Symptoms of hemolytic anemia are similar to other forms of anemia (fatigue and shortness of breath), but in addition the breakdown of red cells leads to jaundice and increases the risk of particular long-term complications such as gallstones and pulmonary hypertension.

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