haemolytic anaemia

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An anaemia arising from reduced erythrocyte survival time, either because of intrinsic erythrocyte defects (hereditary spherocytosis or ellipsocytosis), enzyme defects, haemoglobinopathies), or an extrinsic damaging agent, e.g. autoantibody (autoimmune haemolytic anaemia), isoantibody, parasitic invasion of the cells (malaria), bacterial or chemical haemolysins, or mechanical damage to erythrocytes.

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