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Am I at risk for hemolytic anemia?

Dr. Michael Rosove is a Medical Oncologist in Los Angeles, CA and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

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Less often, anemia is due to the premature destruction of red cells. This is called hemolytic anemia, or simply hemolysis. Sometimes people with hemolysis will appear with a yellowish tinge to the skin and eyes, a condition called jaundice. Hemolysis is most commonly due to antibodies that attach to red cells, causing the cells to be eliminated from the circulation.

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Medically reviewed on September 03, 2013