How is hemolytic anemia treated?
Treatments for hemolytic anemia include blood transfusions, medicines, plasmapheresis (PLAZ-meh-feh-RE-sis), surgery, blood and marrow stem cell transplants, and lifestyle changes.
People who have mild hemolytic anemia may not need treatment, as long as the condition doesn’t worsen..
How do you get autoimmune hemolytic anemia?
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) occurs when your immune system makes antibodies that attack your red blood cells . This causes a drop in the number of red blood cells , leading to hemolytic anemia.
How long can you live with hemolytic anemia?
Some types of acquired hemolytic anemia are short-term (temporary) and go away over several months. Other types can become lifelong (chronic). They may go away and come back again over time.
How serious is autoimmune hemolytic anemia?
In AIHA, your body develops antibodies that destroy red blood cells. Idiopathic AIHA can be life-threatening because of its sudden onset. It requires immediate medical attention and hospitalization.
What drugs can cause autoimmune hemolytic anemia?
Drugs that can cause this type of hemolytic anemia include:Cephalosporins (a class of antibiotics), most common cause.Dapsone.Levodopa.Levofloxacin.Methyldopa.Nitrofurantoin.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)Penicillin and its derivatives.More items…•
Can autoimmune hemolytic anemia be cured?
Treatment options for AIHA depend on a number of factors. If the anemia is mild, it often passes without treatment. Between 70 and 80 percent of people need no treatment or minimal intervention. However, some people will need medication, surgery, or a blood transfusion.