Why are intravascular and extravascular hemolysis dangerous?

Oxygen carrying RBC. The red blood cells carry oxygen to the tissues of the body. Hemolysis is breakdown or destruction of red blood cells. Without the RBCs, our tissues including heart and brain cannot get enough oxygen. Taken to the extreme, it could be fatal.

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Doctors, what is the difference between extravascular and intravascular hemolysis?

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...