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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are ana and autoimmune hemolytic anemia exactly the same?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No: ANA i a test, the other is acondition.
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: ANA is a test which may be positive for several auto-immune conditions, including autoimmune hemolytics anema. You can have autoimmune hemolytic anemia, with or without positive ana, have to put in context with other tests and the person's condition.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is ANA and autoimmune hemolytic anemia are same or are related?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 33 years experience
Possibly related: An ANA and hemolytic anemia are not the same. Hemolytic anemia is a anemia or low blood count secondary to the breakdown of red cells typically secondary to an autoimmune disease. An ANA is a blood test that can be seen in many rheumatic diseases and other illness but is not specific. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a true finding in an autoimmune disease.
A 24-year-old member asked:

How is autoimmune hemolytic anemia diagnosed?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Blood testing: Specific blood tests to check for blood destruction and reviewing the blood under the microsscope by a trained hematoloist is necessary to establish a diagnosis.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

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Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
No: It can be due to an underlying autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the underlying autoimmune disorder may be hereditary; but the autoimmune hemolytic anemia is not hereditary. It is simply the manifestation of the underlying disorder. There are also several causes of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that are not inherited.

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