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What are common tests for acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)?

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If CBC testing points to anemia, your doctor might want more tests. Some common ones for acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemia are:

  • Reticulocyte count. A high count means your bone marrow is making a lot more cells to replace what your body destroyed.
  • Coombs' test. This checks to see if your body’s making antibodies against red blood cells.
  • Peripheral smear. This shows evidence of blood cell destruction.
  • Chemistry test. This checks your bilirubin, which rises when blood cells are destroyed.

From: Acquired Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 15, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/15/2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Clinical Chemistry: "Hemolytic Anemias."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Hemolytic Anemia Diagnosed?" "Types of Hemolytic Anemia," "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hemolytic Anemia?"  "What Is Anemia?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Anemia, Hemolytic, Acquired Autoimmune."

Orphanet: "Autoimmune hemolytic anemia."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Clinical Chemistry: "Hemolytic Anemias."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Hemolytic Anemia Diagnosed?" "Types of Hemolytic Anemia," "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hemolytic Anemia?"  "What Is Anemia?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Anemia, Hemolytic, Acquired Autoimmune."

Orphanet: "Autoimmune hemolytic anemia."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 15, 2018

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