Haemolytic anaemia

Haemolytic anaemia

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Caption: Haemolytic anaemia. Light micrograph of a section through the spleen of a patient with haemolytic anaemia. The dark blue areas comprise macrophages (a type of white blood cell) which have ingested the iron-containing remnants of dead red blood cells. Haemolytic anaemia is caused by a greatly- increased rate of destruction of red blood cells in the body. It may be due to a genetic disorder (such as glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency and spherocytosis), an autoimmune disorder (in which the body attacks its own cells) or a disease such as malaria. It may cause headaches, fatigue and jaundice. Treatment depends on the cause. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anaemia, anemia, condition, disease, disorder, haemolytic, haemolytic anaemia, healthcare, iron, light micrograph, macrophage, macrophages, medical, medicine, spleen

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