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Hemolytic anemia

  • Alternative Names

    Anemia - hemolytic


    Treatment depends on the type and cause of the hemolytic anemia. Folic acid, iron replacement, and corticosteroids may be used. In emergencies, a blood transfusion or removal of the spleen (splenectomy) may be necessary.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome depends on the type and cause of hemolytic anemia.


    The complications depend on the specific type of hemolytic anemia. Severe anemia can cause cardiovascular collapse (failure of the heart and blood pressure, leading to death). Severe anemias can worsen heart disease, lung disease, or cerebrovascular disease.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of hemolytic anemia.