Tiredness. In autoimmune hemolytic anemia (aiha) red cells get broken open due to destruction by antibodies which attach to the red cell. This leads to anemia and fatigue, tiredness, and sometimes yellow eyes (scleral icterus) and yellow skin (jaundice).
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.
Blood testing. Specific blood tests to check for blood destruction and reviewing the blood under the microsscope by a trained hematoloist is necessary to establish a diagnosis.
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.
Depends on the cause. The chances of dying will depend on the cause of autoimmune hemolytic anemia. It can be caused by different things- from drug related- to rheumatoid problems, to malignancy -such as lymphoma, leukemia etc.
Uncommon.. This would be very uncommon. But it can happen. Definitely take the prescribed medicine and follow up with your doctor regularly.
It's complicated. Short answer- the immune system comes to believe that your red cells are not yours and need to be removed from your body. It does this by making antibodies against the red cells and thus shortens their life-span. This results in anemia and symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue and sometimes jaundice. Aiha is not contagious.
Many causes. Certain drugs, certain infections. Also autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid). Also certain malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma). Can also be common after stem cell transplants.
No. ANA I a test, the other is acondition.
No. ANA is a test which may be positive for several auto-immune conditions, including autoimmune hemolytics anema. You can have autoimmune hemolytic anemia, with or without positive ana, have to put in context with other tests and the person's condition.
May be yes. I strongly believe that acupuncture can influence the course of the disease. The question is rather to be extra care full not to cause bleeding. In general acupuncture is considered ok to do with bleeding disorders or even use of Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinner). Still I would be cautious. I would probably suggest first to try therapeutic touch.
Probably not well... There are no clinical trials demonstrating that acupuncture can effectively treat autoimmune hemolytic anemia. That being said, it probably really hasn't been tested in a scientific manner. It would be safe to try acupuncture, but I would use it as a complement to other therapy, not as sole therapy.
Possibly related. An ANA and hemolytic anemia are not the same. Hemolytic anemia is a anemia or low blood count secondary to the breakdown of red cells typically secondary to an autoimmune disease. An ANA is a blood test that can be seen in many rheumatic diseases and other illness but is not specific. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a true finding in an autoimmune disease.
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.
Doubt it. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is typically a problem secondary to an autoimmune disease. If your husband is not feeling well overall he may have a low libido. Also if he is on medications for his illness, they could potentially affect his libido as a side effect. This should be discussed at a physicians visit.