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What is paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)?

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It’s a rare blood disease that stems from your genes. If you have it, your immune system attacks red blood cells in your body and breaks them down. They lack certain proteins that protect them.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 30, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 9/30/2020

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Healthy Eating for Women."

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation: "Your Guide to Understanding PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)."

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria," "What Is Aplastic Anemia?"

Parker, C. Blood, published online Dec. 1, 2005.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Healthy Eating for Women."

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation: "Your Guide to Understanding PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)."

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria," "What Is Aplastic Anemia?"

Parker, C. Blood, published online Dec. 1, 2005.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 30, 2020

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