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Are ANA and autoimmune hemolytic anemia exactly the same?

Are ANA and autoimmune hemolytic anemia exactly the same?

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. ...Read more

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Ana (Definition)

An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is what sort of symptoms or problems?

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is what sort of symptoms or problems?

Tiredness: In autoimmune hemolytic anemia (aiha) red cells get broken open due to destruction by antibodies which attach to the red cell. This leads to anemia and fatigue, tiredness, and sometimes yellow eyes (scleral icterus) and yellow skin (jaundice). ...Read more

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Idiopathic autoimmune hemolytic anemia - what are the chances of dying?

Idiopathic autoimmune hemolytic anemia - what are the chances of dying?

Uncommon. : This would be very uncommon. But it can happen. Definitely take the prescribed medicine and follow up with your doctor regularly. ...Read more

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How well can acupuncture treat autoimmune hemolytic anemia?

How well can acupuncture treat autoimmune hemolytic anemia?

May be yes: I strongly believe that acupuncture can influence the course of the disease. The question is rather to be extra care full not to cause bleeding . In general acupuncture is considered ok to do with bleeding disorders or even use of Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinner ). Still i would be cautious. I would probably suggest first to try therapeutic touch ...Read more

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Does the autoimmune hemolytic anemia have to do with my husbands low sex libido ?

Doubt it: Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is typically a problem secondary to an autoimmune disease. If your husband is not feeling well overall he may have a low libido. Also if he is on medications for his illness, they could potentially affect his libido as a side effect. This should be discussed at a physicians visit. ...Read more

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Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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How is autoimmune hemolytic anemia diagnosed?

Bloodwork: An examination may reveal an enlarged spleen. Tests include: direct coombs' test hemoglobin in the urine indirect coombs' test red blood cell count and serum hemoglobin reticulocyte count serum bilirubin levels serum haptoglobin. ...Read more

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Are you familiar with autoimmune hemolytic anemia? How to people get it?

Many causes: Certain drugs, certain infections. Also autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid). Also certain malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma). Can also be common after stem cell transplants. ...Read more

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Does autoimmune hemolytic anemia affect WBC ?

Does autoimmune hemolytic anemia affect WBC
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Not usually: It depends on the type of autoimmune disorder. In most cases autoimmune hemolytic anemia does not affect WBC. But some autoimmune disorders like SLE may cause hemolytic anemia and neutropenia as well. ...Read more

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Can getting a blood transfusion give me autoimmune hemolytic anemia?

Can getting a blood transfusion give me autoimmune hemolytic anemia?

Immune?: You probably mean immune hemolytic anemia, which is a result of mismatch between antigens present on surface of red cells. It can be acute, which can be life threatening or chronic or delayed, which usually causes anemia and jaundice. ...Read more

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If a girl having autoimmune hemolytic anemia n on steroids n azathioprin what she should do to get pregnant n have healthy baby?

If a girl having autoimmune hemolytic anemia n on steroids n azathioprin what she should do to get pregnant n have healthy baby?

Hi risk pregnancy: Both drugs you are on are risky with pregnancy, you need to work closely with your hematologist and your obstetrician if you get pregnant to select drugs that better suit your condition and tell you the right time for conception, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia with hgb 8.0/esr 80/hs-crp 8, crp 0.4. Normal ldh, reticulocytes. Treatment options for flares? On procrit (epoetin alfa) but not steroid

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia with hgb 8.0/esr 80/hs-crp 8, crp 0.4. Normal ldh, reticulocytes. Treatment options for flares? On procrit (epoetin alfa) but not steroid

Hematology/Oncology: I have forwarded your question so hopefully a Heme/Onc will answer your question on here. You need to have the underlying cause determined and treated, steroids are mainstay of treatment, also splenectomy, IV gamma globulin, avoidance of cold, removal of any offending drugs that may cause it such as sulfa drugs, and treatment with cytotoxic drugs such as danazol. Plasmapheresis is often prescribed ...Read more

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Would it be possible for a body to have adjusted to autoimmune hemolytic anemia over time. I have had fatigue, low grade fevers, positive coombs test, and an alarming drop in blood levels after surgery not losing much. labs come back low normal.

Would it be possible for a body to have adjusted to autoimmune hemolytic anemia over time. I have had fatigue, low grade fevers, positive coombs test, and an alarming drop in blood levels after surgery not losing much. labs come back low normal.

Worth knowing: Let's finish your workup. Plenty of folks are Coombs-positive but not hemolyzing. If your reticulocyte count is up and you're well-nourished and aren't iron-deficient and it's been a while since surgery, maybe you're hemolyzing -- a reticulocyte count will tell you. With Coombs-pos, fatigue, low-grade fever, get tested for lupus. Your physician needs these missing pieces. ...Read more

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Could slow onset autoimmune hemolytic anemia potentially go undisguised for a long time? over a year of FUO, fatigue, pale, low normal labs, coombs +, warm antibodies. Transfusion needed after 400 ml loss in surgery. (hgb was 6, Hct 19%) no answers.

Could slow onset autoimmune hemolytic anemia potentially go undisguised for a long time? over a year of FUO, fatigue, pale, low normal labs, coombs +, warm antibodies. Transfusion needed after 400 ml loss in surgery. (hgb was 6, Hct 19%) no answers.

No answers: is sometimes the case with FUO, the longer it stays the less likely an answer is found.It is mainly due to infections, auto-immune disorders or malignancy, but for one year any of those would have been discovered. You don't seem to have auto-immune hemolytic anemia though, at any rate I trust that your treating doctors explored all the possibilities to reach a diagnosis, trust them, the Dx is FUO ...Read more

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I believe that I have lupus but the doctors that I have seen are hesitant to diagnose it. I have auto immune hemolytic anemia and auto immune thrombocetapenia. What shouldi do?

I believe that I have lupus but the doctors that I have seen are hesitant to diagnose it. I have auto immune hemolytic anemia and auto immune thrombocetapenia. What shouldi do?

Treatment decisions: The real question is not "Do I have lupus?" but "How do I treat whatever this is?" There's no "magic bullet" for lupus and if it's not obvious, often the treatment is worse than the disease. The key is to manage your anemia to keep you able to function, and your thrombocytopenia to prevent serious bleeding. Decisions about administering immunosuppressants, IVIG, etc. are ahead. Be informed. ...Read more

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Can a person with hemolytic anemia donate blood?

Can a person with hemolytic anemia donate blood?

Unwise.: If you have hemolytic anemia, you probably need to keep all the blood cells you've got! there are many different causes for hemolytic anemia. Check with your local red cross to find out if you qualify. ...Read more

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Can Hemorrhagic gastritis precipitate hemolytic anemia.

Yes: You have to figure out why you are bleeding into your stomach and if there are any other places where you are bleeding and why and if you are making sufficient replacement blood and if not why not. This can be orchestrated, at least at first by your doc, and if things get really messy by a hematologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you explain the hemolytic anemia that results from the pk deficiency?

Can you explain the hemolytic anemia that results from the pk deficiency?

Cell membrane damage: Pyruvate a kinase deficiency results in reduced ability of red cells to make atp -the "energy source" of cells. Atp is also necessary to protect cells from damaging compounds such as free radicals. With decreased energy supply the cell is not able to maintain appropriate concentrations of electrolytes and fluids, becomes distorted or stiff, and then is destroyed in the spleen or liver. ...Read more

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Can a patient with hemolytic anemia be injected with gadolinium?

Depends: Certain patients with hemolytic anemia can have increased risk of allergic reactions to contrast used in scans. However, gadolinium has been used commonly in MRI scans in patients with inherited hemolytic anemias such as sickle cell anemias and thalasemias. ...Read more

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Do you recommend treatment for congenital hemolytic anemia?

Can you be more....: Specific? I'm not sure which congenital hemolytic anemia you are speaking of. There are many causes of hemolysis from intrinsic red cell abnormalities. They are generally subdivided into hemoglobinopathies, membranopathies and enzymopathies. Their mechanisms of red cell compromise are different, as is treatment. Our hematology grop at primary children's in slc is xlnt and always here to help. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more