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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

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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

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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How is autoimmune hemolytic anemia diagnosed?

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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more