Top
20
Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

Share
1

1
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


2

2
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

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Does autoimmune hemolytic anemia affect WBC ?

Does autoimmune hemolytic anemia affect WBC
?

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

4

4
Can Hemorrhagic gastritis precipitate hemolytic anemia.

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

5

5
Is sickle cell anemia hereditary?

Yes.: it is an autosomal recessive disorder, meaning that both parents must be carriers of the mutation. If they are, the chance of each child being affected is 1 in 4. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
How are aplastic and hemolytic anemia differentiated?

How are aplastic and hemolytic anemia differentiated?

See below: Aplastic anemia is when the bone marrow stops producing blood cells. Hemolytic anemia is when red blood cells are being destroyed outside of the bone marrow. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

Can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

No: Anemia (normochromic/cytic or not) can be a sign of leukemia (or a variety of other cancerous or non-cancerous conditions). That is it can associated with leukemia. However, it does not cause leukemia. Correlation does not equal causation. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
Is polychromasia typically associated with microcytic anemia (iron deficient anemia)?

Is polychromasia typically associated with microcytic  anemia (iron deficient anemia)?

Iron deficiency is: Usually hypo chromic. Polychromasia is seen in rapidly changing circumstances like hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

11

11
Can alopecia areata cause normocytic anemia?

Can alopecia areata cause normocytic anemia?

Alopecia areata: alopecia areata does not cause anemia, but there are conditions of autoimmunity which cause both. For example, lupus is a possibility. Both conditions need a careful workup. ...Read more

12

12
Is megaloblastic anemia an inherited condition?

Is megaloblastic anemia an inherited condition?

Not commonly: Most cases of this condition reflect deficiencies of key vitamins (b12, folic acid) and occur due to dietary deficiencies, pregnancy, pernicious anemia, medications. Rare inherited forms can occur in which the carrier proteins for B12 may be low for example. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
What is Coombs negative hemolytic anemia with large granular lymphocytosis. ?

What is Coombs negative hemolytic anemia  with large granular lymphocytosis. ?

Multifactoral: Coombs (-) hemolytic anemia means that you have evidence of hemolysis (RBC fragmentation) that is not immune mediated. Potential causes include medications, artificial valves, microangiopathic causes, and disorders involving the RBC membrane, etc. Large granular lymphocytosis may be reactive or represent a leukemia if absolute levels are 2-20,000 and sustained for >6 mo in your peripheral blood. ...Read more

14

14
What causes sickle cell anemia besides malaria?

What causes sickle cell anemia besides malaria?

Malaria doesnt cause: Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease caused by a mutation in the dna coding for hemoglobin. Scientists have long known that sickle cell anemia protects carriers from malaria infections, which could be advantageous in certain parts of the world. Malaria does not cause sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Can autoimmune cause henoch schonlein purpura?

Yes, it is autommune: Vasculitis below the waste, possible renal involvement. It an autoimmune disease that can be bad. Most patients will have a short lived course. ...Read more

16

16
What is hemolytic anemia?

What is hemolytic anemia?

RBC breakdown: There are many possibilities that would cause RBC breakdown. Antibodies, abnormal RBC membranes (spherocytosis), abnormal hemoglobins (sickle cell, thalassemia), abnormal RBC enzymes. If hemolytic ane is is suspected, many tests may be ordered. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
17

17
Is malaria and sickle cell anemia related?

Is malaria and sickle cell anemia related?

Sickle cell Trait: can offer some protective value regarding severity of malarial disease. In a person who has sickle-cell trait – the red blood cells are destroyed prematurely before the Plamodium can reproduce. According to one study “Sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life, before the onset of clinical immunity..." ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
18

18
Is cirrhosis related to pernicious anemia?

Is cirrhosis related to pernicious anemia?

No it is not!: Unless it is primary biliary cirrhosis, or autoimmune hepatitis. They are associated with true pernicious anemia. Alcoholic cirrhosis is not! ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
19

19
Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Decreased Hemoglobin: Red blood cells (rbcs) are essentially little bags carrying lots of hemoglobin (hb). Iron is an important constituent of the hb molecule. Low iron = low hemoglobin = less packing into rbc. Since the RBC is now filled less, a microcytic anemia results. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
Is auto immune deficiency treatable?

Is auto immune deficiency  treatable?

Absolutely: 1st: are you talking about an immune deficiency or an autoimmune disease? Both can be treated but they require different specialists so you need to know your diagnosis before you decide whom to see. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
1,283 doctors shared insights

Anemia (Definition)

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


Dr. James Ball
82 doctors shared insights

Anemia, Hemolytic (Definition)

Occurs when red blood cells are destroyed too quickly. ...Read more