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Hemolytic anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when red blood cells, the part of the blood that helps carry oxygen from the lungs to all the parts of the body, are destroyed faster than the bone marrow can make them. The destruction of red blood cells is called hemolysis.
Types of hemolytic anemia:
Intrinsic (present at birth):
What causes hemolytic anemia?
Intrinsic hemolytic anemias, such as thalassemia or sickle cell anemia, are inherited, passed from parents to their child through a defective gene. Extrinsic hemolytic anemia can be caused by:
Leukemia or lymphoma
The most common symptoms of hemolytic anemia are:
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