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Can hemolytic anemia be treated?

Can hemolytic anemia be treated?

Yes: Hemolytic anemia can be due to multiple causes such as medications, infections, cancers, autoimmune disorders, etc. Depending on the cause treatments can be done such as stopping causative drugs, treating infections or cancers, starting folic acid, sometimes transfusing blood, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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What are the symptoms of hemolytic anemia?

What are the symptoms of hemolytic anemia?

Varies: Some people may be asymptomatic, others may have weakness, fatigue, fast heart rate, tire easily with exercise, shortness of breath with exercise, etc. Any form of anemia has to be diagnosed by a physician who will take a blood sample and run lab work. Once the cause of the anemia is properly diagnosed, it can be treated and the symptoms alleviated. ...Read more

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What groups are at risk for hemolytic anemia?

Varies: Inherited hemolytic anemias such as sickle cell, thalassemias can run in families and are more common in african americans, hispanics, asian indians for example. Acquired hemolytic anemias can be associated with blood cancer patients, patients with autoimmune disorders, infections (hiv, hepatitis), etc. ...Read more

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What is the general outcome for hemolytic anemia?

Depends: There are basically two type of hemolytic anemia - congenital (your born with it) or acquired (you get it all of a sudden). Many acquired hemolytic anemias will run there course. The congenital hemolytic anemias will likely require some treatment and may never go away completely. ...Read more

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Can having hemolytic anemia stop me from getting pregnant?

No: The oxygen carrying capacity of your blood, which is what anemia affects, does not affect fertility. However, depending upon how profound your anemia, it may make the pregnancy very difficult and risky. I would definitely correct the anemia before conception and remain in the care of your hematologist to maintain normal hemoglobin levels throughout your pregnancy. ...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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What's a way to explain to my job that I have an inherited hemolytic anemia disease?

What's a way to explain to my job that I have an inherited hemolytic anemia disease?

? necessary: Is it any of their business? If trying to explain it, suggest it is a breakup of blood cells in the blood stream. ...Read more

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Haemoglobin is not found in the urine of a healthy person but is in a person with hemolytic anemia, is this true?

Haemoglobin is not found in the urine of a healthy person but is in a person with hemolytic anemia, is this true?

It's not so simple: Everyone has a little bit of blood in the urine. A runner usually has mild hematuria from the mechanics of running with a full bladder. Further, someone who has hemolysis that's not intravascular (i.e., autoimmune hemolysis, spherocytosis) won't spill hemoglobin, and somone with mild ongoing hemolysis (sickle cell) with enough haptoglobin to trap the hemoglobin won't spill it either. ...Read more

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People with thalassemia or hemolytic anemia, why they present usually with hemoglobinuria ? Inspite they have reduced rbcs !

People with thalassemia or hemolytic anemia, why they present usually with hemoglobinuria ? Inspite they have reduced rbcs !

Hemoglobinuria....: Is simply the presence of hemoglobin in the urine, and can be seen in any condition that results in intravascular hemolysis. It is not a specific finding. Indeed it can be seen in thalassemias, where red cells are more prone to oxidant stress and mechanical disruption. There many intrinsic and extrinsic reasons for hemolysis to occur. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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