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Are you familiar with autoimmune hemolytic anemia? How to people get it?

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Dr. James Ball
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many causes

Certain drugs, certain infections.
Also autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid). Also certain malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma). Can also be common after stem cell transplants.

In brief: Many causes

Certain drugs, certain infections.
Also autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid). Also certain malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma). Can also be common after stem cell transplants.
Dr. James Ball
Dr. James Ball
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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
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Dr. Scott Diede
It is typically treated with steroids with good result.
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