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I am very sad these days. My 16-year-old girl was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia. It really shook us up, these diagnose of hers. This started 5 or 6 weeks ago, when she started complaining on shortness of breath and palpitation. First tests did not show anything serious, her red blood cells was low, but not that much, still within limits. Later, her skin got yellowish color and second test showed that she has enlarged spleen. Now, I am just thinking how can I help her. Will therapy be effective?

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Her red blood cells are prematurely destroyed, which causes low level of erythrocytes in blood. There are many types of anemia, she might have autoimmune hemolytic anemia, in which her own body's defense system destroys red blood cells, for it sees them as foreign substances. As for therapy, it changes from type to type, there are many medications used for these conditions, such as folic acid, iron, corticosteroids, even blood infusions etc. Therapies are effective, but only in maintaining regular red blood cells level.
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