Hemolytic anaemia is a condition in which red blood cells are destroyed and removed from the bloodstream before their normal lifespan is over. Hemolytic anaemia can lead to many health problems, such as fatigue (tiredness), pain, irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias, an enlarged heart and heart failure. In addition, the patient may suffer from Jaundice, pain in the Upper Abdomen, Leg Ulcers and Pain and a severe reaction to a blood transfusion.
HOW IS HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis for Hemolytic Anaemia will include physical examination by the General Physician, in particular the paleness of the skin and also with a view to check on the condition of the spleen and liver by feeling the lower abdomen for soft areas. Blood tests are the best way to diagnose and know the actual situation including the condition of the liver.
HOW IS HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA TREATED?
The doctor will plan out the treatment based on several factors like the severity of the condition, the patient’s general health, age and so on. Blood transfusion and administering immunoglobulin through intravenous injection are the methods employed to improve the red blood cells count and to slow down the dying of the old cells. Surgery can also be adopted to remove spleen.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children can also be afflicted with Hemolytic Anaemia after a viral illness if care is not taken.