Red Blood Cell Disorders | Symptoms & Causes

What are the symptoms of a red blood cell disorder?

Symptoms depend on the type of red blood cell (RBC) disorder a child has.

Some common general symptoms of anemia include:

  • pale lips, skin and hands
  • fatigue
  • lack of energy
  • decreased exercise tolerance
  • irritability

Common symptoms of hemolysis (increased red blood cell breakdown) include:

  • jaundice
  • scleral icterus (yellow eyes)
  • enlarged spleen
  • gallstones

What causes an RBC disorder?

Most RBC disorders are caused by abnormalities or mutations in the blood. Medications and some medical conditions may also be a factor.