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Haemolytic anaemia—congenital and acquired

Amy Powers, Leslie Silberstein and Frank J. Strobl

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.220509

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Haemolytic anaemia—congenital and acquired

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Premature destruction of red cells occurs through two primary mechanisms: (1) decreased erythrocyte deformability that leads to red-cell sequestration and extravascular haemolysis in the spleen and other components of the reticuloendothelial system—may be caused by membrane defects, metabolic abnormalities, exogenous oxidizing agents, or pathological antibodies; (2) red-cell membrane damage and intravascular haemolysis—may be caused by exposure to pathological antibodies, activated complement, mechanical forces, chemicals, and infectious agents....

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Subjects: Haematology

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