The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute provides more information on its web site. Anemia can be caused by loss of blood, decreased rates of red blood cell production, or increased rates of red blood cell destruction. The hemolytic anemias are caused by red blood cell destruction, and autoimmunity is the cause for about half of these.
1. American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Autoimmune Disease in Women. Web. Jan. 2, 2012.
2. Zeerleder S, “Autoimmmune haemolytic anaemia – a practical guide to cope with a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge”, The Netherlands Journal of Medicine 2011 Apr; 69(4): 177-84. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21527804
3. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Types of Hemolytic Anemia. Web. Jan. 2, 2011.
Reviewed January 16, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith