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Hep C and hemalytic anemia

By Anonymous December 10, 2011 - 6:58am
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I took combination theapy and developed hemalytic anemia after 4 weeks of treatment. I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses and do not accept blood transfusions for religious reasons. Is there any other treatment for it like some kind of blood expander like wringers lactate?

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Hi Anon,

I'm sorry that you are suffering from hemolytic anemia-- once a transfusion is necessary, then blood products would be administered. 

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Mild cases may need no treatment and resolve on their own. Treatment options include the following:

Treating the Underlying Condition

When autoimmune hemolytic anemia is caused by cancer, medications, or collagen-vascular disease, treating the underlying condition may suffice.


Cortisone-like drugs suppress the immune response and usually markedly improve autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

Other Immunosuppressive Drugs

If corticosteroids are not effective, other drugs that suppress the immune system may be used. These include azathioprine and cyclophosphamide.


The spleen removes abnormal red cells from the circulation, including those labeled with antibodies. Removing the spleen can preserve those cells and prevent anemia.


If your blood gets too anemic, you will need transfusions.

December 10, 2011 - 9:09pm
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