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1

Hemolytic anemia is RBC destruction resulting in...(2)

Loss of RBC mass

Release of cellular contents

2

What types of inherited disorders cause hemolytic anemia?

RBC membrane disorders

RBC enzyme deficiencies

Hemoglobinopathies

3

What types of acquired disorders cause hemolytic anemia?

  • Autoimmune (antibody mediated) hemolysis
  • Mechanical trauma
  • Infections
  • Chemical disorders
  • Splenic Sequestration

4

Is hemolysis more common extravascularly or intravascularly?

Extravascularly (Spleen > liver, bone marrow)

5

What is the difference between extravascular and intravascular autoimmune hemolysis?

Extravascular involves antibodies

Intravascular involves complement

6

Which types of pathologic hemolysis can be both extravascular and intravascular?

RBC enzyme disorders

Sickle cell anemia

7

Which types of pathologic hemolsis disorders are only extravascular? Which are only intravascular?

  • Extravascular
    • RBC membrane disorder
    • Thalassemia
  • Intravascular
    • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
    • Mechanical trauma
    • Malaria

8

What findings in a laboratory evaluation are associated with hemolysis?

  • Reticulocytosis (increased reticulocytes)
  • Increased LDH, AST, potassium (released cellular content)
  • Bilirubinemia - Unconjugated (indirect) or conjugated (with liver disease)
  • Hemoglobinemia (free hgb in plasa)
  • Decreased haptoglobin (scavenges free hgb)

9

What test is ordered to check for an autoimmune hemolytic disorder?

DAT (direct antiglobulin test)

10

Describe hemoglobinuria and hemosiderinuria

  • Hemoglobinuria - Intravascular process (mostly) where Hgb is not scavenged by haptoglobin
  • Hemosiderinuria - Intravascular process (mostly) where  iron deposits in renal epithelium, then shed in urine

 

11

What is a false hyperkalemia?

Phlebotomy induced hemolysis

12

Why is spectrophotometry sometimes faulty in analyzing hemoglobin levels?

Hemoglobin absorbs at measured wavelengths, therefore, many assay produce falsely increased results in the setting of hemolysis

13

Common symptoms in hemolytic anemia (regardless of etiology)

Anemia (obvi)

Hyperbilirubinemia

14

Symptoms of anemia are more related to _____ of hemolysis

acuity (compare to baseline levels)

15

Assuming a starting point at normal hemoglobin levels, describe the symptoms and signs associated with the following changes?

  • <20% hemolysis (>11g/dL hgb):
  • 20-30% hemolysis (10-11g/dL hgb):
  • 30-40% hemolysis (8-9 g/dL hgb):
  • >40% hemolysis (<8 g/dL hgb):

  • <20% hemolysis (>11g/dL hgb):
    • Restlessness
  • 20-30% hemolysis (10-11g/dL hgb):
    • Anxiety, dyspnea with exertion
    • Orthostatic hypotension; tachacardia with exertion
  • 30-40% hemolysis (8-9 g/dL hgb):
    • Syncope
    • Orthostatic hypotension, tachycardia at rest
  • >40% hemolysis (<8 g/dL hgb):
    • Confusion, shock

16

Indirect bilirubin > 5mg/dL is almost always concurrent with ______ ______

liver disease

17

What risks are associated with hyperbilirubinemia and at what levels of bilirubin do they occur?

Jaundice (>2.5 mg/dL)

Scleral icterus (>1.7 mg/dL)

Increased risk of bilirubin gallstone (pigmented)

18

What are some rare complications of hemolytic anemia?

  • Pigment induced kidney injury (tubular obstruction, vasoconstriction)
  • Folate deficiency due to increased utilization
  • Increased risk of venous and arterial thrombosis of atypical sites

19

What are some clinical features associated with...

  • Extra-medullary hematopoiesis (Thalassemia, hereditary spherocytosis):
  • Beta thalassemia major:
  • Sickle cell anemia:

 

  • Extra-medullary hematopoiesis (Thalassemia, hereditary spherocytosis):
    • Splenomegaly and hepatomegaly
  • Beta thalassemia major:
    • Skeletal changes related to expansion of marrow - "chipmunk facies"
  • Sickle cell anemia:
    • Asplenia

20

What are some clinical features of Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia?

  • Microvascular infaction causing acute kidney injury
  • Liver disease
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Mental status changes
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Rash
  • Hemorrhagic diarrhea

21

Hereditary spherocytosis

  • Inheritance:
  • Defect:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Inheritance: 75% autosomal dominant; 25% sporadic
  • Defect: Defect in ankyrin, band 3, band 4.2 or α/ß-spectrin leads to weakened or absent spectrin causing weakened cytoskeleton
  • Lab diagnosis: Blood smear review
  • Unique clinical features: Splenomegaly - aplastic crises caused by parvovirus

22

Sickle cell anemia

  • Inheritance:
  • Defect:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Inheritance: Autosomal
  • Defect: Point mutation in ß-hgb chain (chrms 11)
  • Lab diagnosis: Hgb HPLC to identify HbS
  • Unique clinical features: Pain crises; acute chest syndrome; stroke; asplenia

23

Thalassemia

  • Inheritance:
  • Defect:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Inheritance: Autosomal
  • Defect: Decreased production of ß or α hgb chains
  • Lab diagnosis: Elevated hgb A2 for beta-thal trait; gene sequencing; smear review
  • Unique clinical features: Secondary hemochromatosis; skeletal deformities (due to marrow expansion)

24

G6PDH deficiency

  • Inheritance:
  • Defect:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Inheritance: X-linked
  • Defect: Deficiency in G6PDH enzyme - Deficient RBCs cannot reduce oxidant stresses and accumulate, denature, form precipitated hgb (Heinz bodies) - cause lysis or removed in spleen
  • Lab diagnosis: Blood smear review for bite cells
  • Unique clinical features: Males preferentially affected; hemolysis dependent on inciting oxidant stresses

25

Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

  • Pathophysiology:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Pathophysiology: Stem cell with deficiency in GPI-linked proteins including the anti-complement proteins CD55 and CD59 on RBCs and WBCs
  • Lab diagnosis: Flow cytometry for CD55 and CD59
  • Unique clinical features: Hypercoagulability (thrombi at unusual sites); may have accentuation of lysis at night

26

Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemias

  • Pathophysiology:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Pathophysiology: RBC autoantibodies that react at 37º causing intravascular coating of RBCs and extravascular lysis in spleen
  • Lab diagnosis: Smear review for spherocytes; DAT
  • Unique clinical features: Splenomegaly; seen in association with B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders

27

Cold autoimmune hemolytic anemia

  • Pathophysiology:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Pathophysiology: RBC IgM autoantibodies that react at <30º and may lead to extravascular hemolysis in the spleen or liver
  • Lab diagnosis: Smear review for spherocytes; DAT
  • Unique clinical features: Rarely clinically significant; Raynaud phenomenon associated with Mycoplasma infections and EBV infections

28

Microangiopathic hemolytic anemia

  • Pathophysiology:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Pathophysiology: Traumatic shearing and subsequent lysis of RBCs due to malfunctioning heart valve or vascular obstruction by microthrombi
  • Lab diagnosis: Smear review for schistocytes; ADAMTS-13 activity; coagulation tests
  • Unique clinical features: DIC; TTP (thrombotic throbocytopenia purpura); Metastatic carcinoma; malignant hypertension

29

Malaria/Babesia

  • Pathophysiology:
  • Lab diagnosis:
  • Unique clinical features:

  • Pathophysiology: Intracellular parasites infect the RBC and cause lysis
  • Lab diagnosis: Smear review (thick and thin); PCR for parasites
  • Unique clinical features: Cyclic fever; cerebral malaria; Blackwater fever

30

What are spherocytes?

  • Normal sized RBCs with increased hemoglobin concentration
  • Less flexible, trapped in the spleen
  • Shortened life span