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Doctor insights on: Why It Is Said That Cephalosporins Can Cause Hemolytic Anemia

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Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Why it is said that cephalosporins can cause hemolytic anemia?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Why it is said that cephalosporins can cause hemolytic anemia?

Autoimmune reaction: Cephalosporins interact with red blood cell membranes. The body can sometimes produce antibodies against cephalosporins that also interact with the surface of red blood cells. These antibodies thus activate the body's immune system to attack its own red blood cells, causing hemolytic anemia. This is a rare but severe side effect of cephalosporins. ...Read more

Dr. James Ball
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Anemia, Hemolytic (Definition)

A condition in which red blood cells are broken and removed from the bloodstream before their normal lifespan is over. ...Read more


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Is it possible that hemochromatosis can cause anemia?

Is it possible that hemochromatosis can cause anemia?

Probably not: Hemochromatosis is caused by the accumulation of excess iron in the body - eventually depositing in the liver, heart and other organs. Anemia is not a typical sign, although a few rare types of anemia (thalassemia, for example) have caused secondary hemochromatosis. ...Read more

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What causes irregular heartbeat and what can be done, treated. Can certain meds cause it. Is it deadly?

What causes irregular heartbeat and what can be done, treated. Can certain meds cause it. Is it deadly?

Depends: Irregularity is very common. There are many causes. Some are trivial, other's more serious. To evaluate, you need documentation of the type of arrhythmia and the overall condition of your heart. A 24 or 48 hour or 30 day event monitor of your heart rhythm is crucial. An echocardiogram is indicated. Some meds can exacerbate it, especially nicotine and caffeine (also: Serevent, (salmeterol) which you list). ...Read more

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Why does lupus sometimes cause a low hemocrit, is it dangerous?

Why does lupus sometimes cause a low hemocrit, is it dangerous?

See details: Chronic inflammation as is often the case with lupus impairs the body's ability to reutilize iron to make new red cells. Hence the low hematocrit. ...Read more

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How rare is it to have sideroblastic anemia?

How rare is it to have sideroblastic anemia?

Ver rare: Sideroblastic anemias are a group of disorders in which hemoglobin is insufficiently synthesized, because of defective use of iron (although plasmatic iron levels may be normal or elevated). They are said to be sideroblastic because of the presence of ringed sideroblasts in the blood cells due to accumulated ferritin in mitochondria. The prevalence of RA is rare at 1 in 1000, 000. ...Read more

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Which type of anemia is more serious and could be due to bloo cancer? Is it macrocytic or microcyyoc anemia? Mcv 107 is it too high? Thanks

Both: Microcytic anemia is most often due to iron deficiency and blood loss. Macrocytic anemia(mcv over 96) can be due to vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency, alcoholism, liver disease, some bone marrow disorders like leukemia, underactive thyroid or rarely fish tapeworms. All anemias are dangerous if not properly diagnosed and treated. A hematologist is consulted if the cause of the macrocytosis is vague. ...Read more

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How does HIV/AIDS cause petechiae? Is it due to low platelet count or some other mechanism? I have normal platelets but worried HIV could be the cause

How does HIV/AIDS cause petechiae? Is it due to low platelet count or some other mechanism? I have normal platelets but worried HIV could be the cause

Here's what to do: Get yourself one of these modern tests for HIV that's sensitive after the first month. You're not going to have any peace otherwise. Then live and love safetly. HIV may cause thrombocytopenia but seldom petechiae until you're very sick. Little vessels can rupture from exercising, rough-housing, or popular practices involving negative intraoral pressure. Conjunctival petechiae -- think endocarditis ...Read more

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Why in some sites it says that pheochromocytoma can cause depression? What it causes this?

Why in some sites it says that pheochromocytoma can cause depression? What it causes this?

Hormones: Pheos produce a variety of hormones, primarily adrenaline which can cause anxiety as well as high blood pressure. These are very rare tumors and i would be not worried about having one, instead look for more common problems like anxiety and depression which are more easily treated. ...Read more

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Hiya, what are the causes of sickle cell anemia? I know it is inherited but i need it explained in a way that can tell me the causes of gene mutation.

Hiya, what are the causes of sickle cell anemia? I know it is inherited but i need it explained in a way that can tell me the causes of gene mutation.

Gene mutations: are random. The sickle gene confers some resistance to malaria due to the abnormal configuration of hemoglobin. Sickle trait/sickle cell anemia is most prevalent in populations where malaria is or was endemic. It is likely that the mutation conferred some competitive advantage due to its antimalarial effects and was promulgated through natural selection. ...Read more

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I have pernicious anemia and reoccurring staph infections. My hematologist referred me to an immunologist as the anemia is unrelated. What is wrong?

I have pernicious anemia and reoccurring staph infections.  My hematologist referred me to an immunologist as the anemia is unrelated. What is wrong?

A good advise: Your Hematologist want to make sure that you do not have any specific type of immunoglobulin deficiency which may be the cause of recurrent infection of skin. So go ahead and get it done ...Read more

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Rheum is not sure if I have sle, but ALT is 75 U/L.Can sle cause this? What blood tests can be done to diagnose autoimmune hepatitis? is this fatal?

Rheum is not sure if I have sle, but ALT is 75 U/L.Can sle cause this? What blood tests can be done to diagnose autoimmune hepatitis? is this fatal?

Anti smooth muscle: SLE and some of its treatments can cause increased ALT. There are many other causes of this lab including infection, liver disease, medications, toxin/drug exposure, fatty liver, etc. you should not get to worried if this is the only abnormal lab. The lab test for autoimmune hepatitis is anti smooth muscle antibody. This is a treatable disease but, yes, it can sometimes be fatal. ...Read more

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What is B6 deficient strep, and what problems does it cause.?

What is B6 deficient strep, and  what problems does it  cause.?

Strep: Nutritionally deficient streptococci may be a frequent causes of endocarditis and bacteremia in humans. Growth in standard laboratory media depends upon adding metabolites, including cysteine, thiol compounds, and activated forms of vitamin b6 (pyridoxal and pyridoxamine). The problem is more in growing the bug than in treating it, since in some ways it may be more susceptible to penicillin. ...Read more

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How sever e is anemia when it causes you to have transfusions

How sever e is anemia when it causes you to have transfusions

Significant: Most md's will not transfuse unless the HGB is less than 10gm/dl and more recently this cutoff has been lowered to less than 9gm/dl. The average range for HGB is 12-16. Need for transfusion means you are significantly low. There are many causes. See your physician for further work-up. ...Read more

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What is probably the fatal cause in g6pd abnormal children? Could dehydration be the cause?

What is probably the fatal cause in g6pd abnormal children? Could dehydration be the cause?

Fatality rare in G6P: Fatality is rare in g6pd and may occur following a severe haemolytic event. Persons with g6pd deficiency must strictly avoid things that can trigger an episode which might include dehydration. Spontaneous recovery fem a haemolytic episode is the usual outcome. ...Read more

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What are the risk that someone could be facing if she is taking hrt? Is it true tht it will cause cancer and cardiac problems?

What are the risk that someone could be facing if she is taking hrt? Is it true tht it will cause cancer and cardiac problems?

Benefits far: Outweigh risks in the normal person, uncommon it can cause those problems for most people, benefits are no hot flashes good for the vagina and lower third of the bladder, good for bones, may be good for skin also and able to sleep better cause no hot flashes , I have many pts on hrt without any problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild normocytic normochromic anemia to be caused by blood thinners?

Is it possible for mild normocytic normochromic anemia to be caused by blood thinners?

Not likely at all: That probably is not the reason for your anemia. You need further tests. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Sjrogen's due to high blood protein. 2nd opinion doctor said this does not cause it to be high. Need help confirming is this true?

Diagnosed with Sjrogen's due to high blood protein. 2nd opinion doctor said this does not cause it to be high. Need help confirming is this true?

Rheumatologist: The information you provided is insufficient to provide a meaningful opinion on. Please consult a rheumatologist for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, resulting ...Read more