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 occurs when the bone marrow is unable to replace the red blood cells that are being destroyed. The first symptoms may be:
• Feeling grumpy
• Feeling weak or tired more often than usual or with exercise
• Problems concentrating or thinking
HOW IS HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Hemolytic Anaemia can either be caused intrinsically or extrinsically. Diagnosis of Hemolytic Anaemia is done by a general physician based on the symptoms. A blood test that examines the peri peripheral blood smear and other lab tests confirm diagnosis. Tests for detecting bilirubin and haemoglobin are commonly ordered to diagnose Hemolytic Anaemia.
HOW IS HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA TREATED?
Treatment options for hemolytic anaemia differ depending on severity of the condition, age, health and tolerance to certain medications. Treatment options for hemolytic anaemia include:
• Blood transfusion
• Intravenous immune globulin
• Corticosteroid medication
DID YOU KNOW?
Hemolytic anaemia can affect people of all ages and has numerous underlying causes. For some people, symptoms are mild and resolve with time and without treatment. Others may need care for the rest of their lives. Seeking care when a person has early anaemia symptoms can be the first step to feeling better in the long term.