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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia

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Description

 

Patient Groups

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA or AHA)
Acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Idiopathic autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Immunohemolytic anemia
Immune hemolytic anemia
Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is caused when a person’s antibodies attack and destroy their red blood cells. It leads to low red blood cell levels in the body. Some cases of this disease are caused by medications and are not autoimmune.


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Prevalence

US Cases: It is thought that 3,000 people suffer from Autoimmune hemolytic anemia but no studies are referenced.
Source: Rare Diseases

Typical Age of onset

Most common between the ages of 50 and 75

Symptoms

  • Anemia

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty Breathing

  • Jaundice

  • Headache

  • Mild Splenomegaly (Enlargement of the spleen)

  • Dark urine

Sources: Rare Diseases

 

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