FAQ - Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
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What is the difference between regular Anemia and Hemolytic Anemia? and how is Hemolytic Anemia Diagnosed?

Anemia is either a low number of red cells or low concentration of hemoglobin in the cells. A simple example of not enough hemoglobin is in iron deficiency. There are also more serious diseases which cause anemia.

Hemolytic anemia literally means the red cells are lysing (breaking) and are destroyed by the body in many cases if the shape of the cells is abnormal, or by the immune system in cases of autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

A diagnosis is obtained by a series of blood tests as described in a previous answer within a hematology laboratory.  (+ info)

autoimmune hemolytic anemia?

My sister recently fell ill and needed 2 blood transfusions withing a month.She was just diagnosed with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The doc put her on prednisone. She has had some reaction to the drug (severe joint pain). I know that it has no cure-according to western medicine.My question is are there any natural supplements that can help slow her immune system rather than this synthetic one with numerous side effects? ANY input will be HIGHLY appreciated.Thank you.

I've had autoimmune hemolytic anemia since I was fourteen and there really isn't a herbal alternative. I am now twenty four and have been on prednisone for ten years. There are lots of other drugs available. My guess is that as soon as she becomes controlled the doctor will start to taper the medication which will reduce some of the pain. If the symptoms become unbareable then I would contact her doctor so her treatment could be changed. However, prednisone is the best drug to start with. It works the quickest  (+ info)

Has anyone had or have a dog with immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA)?

My dog was just diagnosed with this. although she is progressing, she only has a 50/50 chance. Please share your stories

I'm so very sorry to hear this. We had a dog 15 years ago, (a mix - only thing I know for sure is that the mother dog was a brittany spaniel) who was diagnosed with Hemolytic anemia.

We were unable to find successful treatment for her. She was 4 years old at diagnosis and sadly, we tried all that the vet suggested, including blood transfusions from a donor match, but she suffered a stroke a few months later and we put her down.

Now, that was 16 years ago, and whether human or canine, there have been incredible advances in medicine, so I hope the best for the both of you.  (+ info)

Is ANA and autoimmune hemolytic anemia are same?

is there cure for that in old age

No they are not the same. ANA - anti nuclear antibody - is a circulating complex the blood of a person with the so called auto-immune diseases like Auto immune Hemolytic anemia. ANA is a diagnostic marker. It is used to screen for possible autoimmune disorders.. It is not a disease. Persons with other autoimmune diseases aside from Autoimmune hemolytic anemia can have a positive ANA test.  (+ info)

is G6PD and Hemolytic Anemia curable? Are the two conditions related?

My friend is a single mother and her 3 months old twins have just been diagnosed to have G6PD and Hemolytic Anemia. She does not have medical insurance and is deeply in debt after having c-section do deliver the twins. She is devastated that her babies have G6PD and Hemolytic Anemia. Is G6PD and Hemolytic Anemia related? Is there a medical cure, or a holistic cure for the G6PD and Hemolytic Anemia conditions? We need serious help. Please respond only if you have actual knowledge or qualified with medical background. Thank you sincerely.

I'm sad to hear about your friend's twins. Hemolytic anemia is not a fun disease. There is a group on Yahoo Groups where you can get a lot of support from parents who have children with AIHA (autoimmune hemolytic anemia) and also adults with the blood disorder. I developed AIHA in July 2003 and I'm finally in remission. The articles I have read about AIHA in children tend to be very favorable, however adults are much more likely to relapse. I am listing a site about anemia and also the Yahoo group. I do hope your friend will be able to get the help she need for her children. You can email me with any questions you may have at [email protected].

Anemia site:

Yahoo group:

I'm not real familiar with the G6PD but I do know it is connected with AIHA. I'm listing a site that I found on G6PD, and also several other sites you may want to view.



Faye  (+ info)

what is the outcome for hemolytic anemia?

The complications vary with the specific type of hemolytic anemia. Severe anemia can cause cardiovascular collapse. Severe anemias can aggravate pre-existing heart disease, lung disease, or cerebrovascular disease.  (+ info)

Hemolytic Anemia... Do I have it once again?

I'm 14 and I was diagnosed with Hemolytic Anemia when I was about a year old. It was not hereditary, we do not know how I got it. Over 6 long years i have taken medicine and it went away when I was seven. At age 13 at the end of 7th grade it came back. My main sign was dark urine after my brother and sister both had a stomach virus. It went away over the summer in time for school again. I took steroids and 6mp. When I was better my hemotologist moved to NH. This was the same one that I had when I was younger. Now about a 20 months later I have had signs of dark urine again for 2 days now. I'm finally getting over a really bad cold. Do you think I have it again?
I'm getting my blood done tomorrow after school

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Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia?

My friend is eleven, and she had a sudden onset of Warm Antibody Hemolytic Anemia. She's using the corticosteroids but they've affected her health quite badly. She is always tired, she has gained a lot of weight when she used to be a beanpole and she is actually severely depressed.
I've read that IVg therapy is temporary and incredibly expensive. At the particular doses they've prescribed for her, it could cost up to $50,000 American. A splenectomy is unfavourable and some of the other drugs have really devastating side effects.
She can no longer attend school because the other children are ruthlessly teasing her over her appearance. Her parents are chronically stressed and her sister, who is my age, is also chronically depressed.
If there is anyone with personal experience, or any experience at all, please give me a good, detailed answer as to what you think the best treatment is.

I was diagnoised with AIHA in 2003. Prednisone was the first treatment choice. Sometimes it works and will put you into remission. I wasn't that lucky. I was also treated with Rituxan, which is very expensive and some insurnace companies will pay, if denied insurance coverage for Rituxan you can visit thier web site and they have a program that will assist you if you can't pay. I have pasted the information for this below.

Also there is a yahoo group that is dedicated to AIHA and it is very helpful. You can find it at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Autoimmune_Hemolytic_Anemia/ This was the most helpful group that I have found. Also on CarePlace they have a group. You may want to go the the Yahoo group and read the messages.

A good hematologist is very important. From what I have heard most of the time children recover from this very well. There are people who have been in remission for several years with just the prednisone treatment, some go into remission with the Rituxan treatments. It took the splenectomy for me to go into remission. I have been in remission for over two years and I'm doing very well. There is always the chance of a relapse, but its not something to dwell on. If you wish to chat or have any questions, you may contact me at [email protected].

I do wish your friend and her family the best of luck.

Faye  (+ info)

would you get hemolytic anemia by eating just a piece of peanut?

Mom, its tiime you discovered http://www.g6pd.org/favism/english/index.mv

The g6pd association has answers to questions liike this including comprehensive lists of everythng that will trigger hemolysis in g6pd.

There is a great section on newborns with g6pd there, as well.

To answer your question, no, dont worry- peanuts do not cause hemolysis in g6pd.  (+ info)

How do you transfer isoimmune hemolytic anemia from mother to child during pregnancy?

I have 2 children 15 months apart, the first chi;d was healthy thank GOD..but the 2nd child has isoimmune hemolytic anemia the first 3 months of his life until he out grew it and was able to produce enough red blood cells on his own without my antibodies attacking his.. But, I am a bit confused the doctor said my 2nd child got this because my first child cross contaminated during delivery? DOES anyone know more about this that could make it more clear? How does that happen? Thanks:)
Sorry, I was not clear. I didn't have an anemia myself. But, I was told that my first baby had my husband blood type and somehow our blood during pregnancy/delivery was cross contaminated....so my body built antibodies against that blood type..(which we didn't know all this till I delivered #2) when I delivered #2 they thought my son was jaundice, until they received the blood lab and realized what he had...which was my husbands blood type and my antibodies started attacking his blood cells. for the first 3 months an infant can't produce red bloods cells quick enough due to my antibodies that are attacking. soooo thank GOD after 3 months of HELL and a few blood transfusions he is healthy and PERFECT! but, I am still confused about how my first born was cross contaminated at birth and how if I were to have #3 my baby would have a 50% shot at having the same problem the first 3 months of life...is there away to avoid/treat prior?? Thank you for help!!

I think it has something to do with your blood type and your children's blood type. Are you RH negative? This means that your blood has certain antibodies that could potentially attack your baby's blood because maybe he was RH positive.

You probably should have been treated during your 2nd pregnancy, if your doctor knew you were RH negative then you should have received an injection to prevent this from happening. Did you receive prenatal care during your pregnancy? It's odd that your doctor would have missed this?

This type of thing only occurs with moms who have RH negative blood, if you were RH positive then it wouldn't be an issue because RH positive has no antibodies.
This is as simple as I can put it, hope it makes sense.  (+ info)

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