Skip to Content
UW Health SMPH
American Family Children's Hospital
SHARE TEXT

Hemolytic Anemia

Hemolytic anemia is an inadequate amount of red blood cells, caused by the rapid destruction of red blood cells in the blood or spleen. Symptoms of hemolytic anemia may include fever, chills, shortness of breath, and a rapid heart rate.

Infection, some medicines and other substances, and certain inherited diseases (such as sickle cell disease) can cause hemolytic anemia. Treatment for hemolytic anemia varies depending on the cause.

Last Revised: May 29, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Joseph O'Donnell, MD - Hematology, Oncology

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.