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What causes hemolytic anemia?

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Known causes of hemolytic anemia include:

  • Inherited conditions, such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia
  • Stressors such as infections, drugs, snake or spider venom, or certain foods
  • Toxins from advanced liver or kidney disease
  • Inappropriate attack by the immune system
  • Vascular grafts, prosthetic heart valves, tumors, severe burns, exposure to certain chemicals, severe hypertension, and clotting disorders
  • In rare cases, an enlarged spleen

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital -- Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science.




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Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 11, 2020

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital -- Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science.




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Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 11, 2020

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