What Is It?
Anemia is an abnormally low level of red blood cells. Hemolytic anemia occurs when red blood cells are destroyed too quickly.
Red blood cells contain hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen in the blood.
Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and then released into the bloodstream. Normally, they live for 110 to 120 days. Old red blood cells are removed from the blood by the spleen and liver.
In people with hemolytic anemia, red blood cells have an abnormally short life span. There can be something wrong with the red blood cells. Or the red blood cells are normal but are destroyed by an external process.
Many different problems can cause hemolytic anemia. These include:
In some cases, it has no clear cause.
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