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5 Facts you should know about

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)

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AIHA occurs when antibodies directed against the person's own red blood cells (RBCs) lyse

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The lifetime of the RBCs is reduced from the normal 100–120 days to just a few days in serious cases

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Symptoms include unusual weakness and fatigue with tachycardia and breathing difficulties, jaundice, dark urine, and/or splenomegaly

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There are 2 main types of autoimmune hemolytic anemia: warm antibody hemolytic anemia and cold antibody hemolytic anemia

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Autoimmune hemolysis may be a precursor of later onset systemic lupus erythematosus

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