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See below: Intravascular hemolysis refer to breakdown of red cells in the circulating blood. It the more dangerous of the two types. Extravascular hemolysis occurs when red cells are coated with antibody or complement and are taken up macrophages and destroyed outside the circulating blood. Both cause anemia. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: There are a number of causes for hemolysis. One of the most common is autoimmune hemolysis. This can be treated with steroids. Other causes of hemolysis can include medications (treatment is to discontinue medicine) and inherited defects in the red blood cell (g6pd deficiency, hereditary spherocytosis, sickle cell anemia - treatments are largely supportive). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Denatures hemoglobin: In the lab, acidic solutions will denature hemoglobin, causing the red cell to hemolyze. Fetal hemoglobin is more resistant to this. This difference is the basis of a test to determine how much fetal blood is mixed in the maternal blood system of mom's who are rh negative, and thus need rhogam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moderate = 8-10 g/dL: Hemolysis = breaking of red cells hemolysis regardless of cause leads to anemia , low hemoglobin this is called anemia. mild anemia ( more than 10 g/ dL) moderate anemia 8-10 g/dL severe anemia less than 8 g/dL moderate hemolysis is hemolysis that leads to moderate anemia ...Read more
Red cells destroyed: When red blood cells are burst / destroyed, either in the patient or in the specimen tube. In illness, this can result from anything from malaria to running hard and pounding the pavement with one's feet. There are at least a hundred hemolytic anemias. A hemolyzed specimen is dangerous as one can mistakenly think reported labs, especially potassium, are off. ...Read more
Nothing serious: Sometimes mild trauma can cause this. Sometimes if they used a needle that was too small it can also cause hemolysis. Unless it repeatedly happens, it's likely nothing to worry about. ...Read more
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