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5 Facts you should know about

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)

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1

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)

occurs when antibodies directed against the person's own red blood cells (RBCs) lyse.

2

The lifetime of the RBCs is reduced from the normal 100–120 days

to just a few days in serious cases.

3

Symptoms include unusual weakness and fatigue

with tachycardia and breathing difficulties, jaundice, dark urine and/or splenomegaly.

4

There are two main types of autoimmune hemolytic anemia:

warm antibody hemolytic anemia and cold antibody hemolytic anemia.

5

Autoimmune hemolysis may be a precursor of later onset systemic lupus erythematosus.

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