Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Other Names for this Disease
- Anemia hemolytic autoimmune
- Acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemia
- Idiopathic autoimmune hemolytic anemia
- Familial auto-immune hemolytic anemia (subtype)
- Immuno-hemolytic anemia
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antibodies that attack your red blood cells. This causes a drop in the number of red blood cells, leading to hemolytic anemia. Symptoms may include unusual weakness and fatigue with tachycardia and breathing difficulties, jaundice, dark urine and/or splenomegaly. AIHA can be primary (idiopathic) or result from an underlying disease or medication. The condition may develop gradually or occur suddenly. There are two main types of autoimmune hemolytic anemia: warm antibody hemolytic anemia and cold antibody hemolytic anemia. Treatment may include corticosteroids such as prednisone, splenectomy, immunosuppressive drugs and/or blood transfusions.Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) occurs when your immune system makes
Last updated: 3/9/2016
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