Warm-reacting-antibody hemolytic anemia is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a disease where the body attacks itself. Antibodies are a part of your immune system (the system that keeps you healthy). Antibodies attack bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. In an autoimmune disease, antibodies attack things they should not. In Warm-reacting-antibody hemolytic anemia, antibodies attack red blood cells, which carry oxygen around your body. Symptoms of Warm-reacting-antibody hemolytic anemia include paleness, tiredness, difficulty breathing, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, joint pain, headaches, yellowing of skin or eyes, or an enlarged spleen. These symptoms can arise in a few days. They usually take a few months to develop, though. The disease is most common in people 50 to 70 years old although it can be found in people of all ages.
There is no known cause for the disease. Blood tests help a doctor make sure an individual has Warm-reacting-antibody hemolytic anemia. The Coombs test (a blood test) is a special test that will show a doctor if an individual has this disease. There are drugs that a doctor can give to a sick individual to help with the symptoms. Red blood cell transfusion or surgery on an individual’s spleen can also be done if it is very serious. Speak with your doctor about the best plan of action. There are many support groups for individuals with this disease, and they can provide more information on the disease.
Description Last Updated: May 30, 2018