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What could cause a body to stop producing Red Blood Cells?

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What could cause a body to stop producing Red Blood Cells? Someone I know was just hospitalized with a hemoglobin count of 4-dangerously low. It seems the body is destroying or not producing red blood cells. My son-in-law is beside himself as the patient is his brother.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.


How old is he?

Any other illness?

On any medications before?

Any tests done?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
He is 46 years of age and has been in good health except for fatigue the last two weeks. He is not on any other medications, but diabetes does run in his family (mother, brother). His father had prostate cancer but was fine at his last checkup about 2 months ago. The hospital has run some tests, CAT Scan, Blood workups, but only blood results have been completed. They may do a bone marrow test on Tuesday. Just prior to admission to the hospital he complained about seeing everything yellow and then his skin turned yellow.
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.

Decrease in the red blood cell count and hemoglobin is called anemia.

The yellowish discoloration of skin is jaundice.

Anemia along with jaundice occurs when the red blood cells are destroyed excessively and is called hemolytic anemia. Reticulocyte count may be done which will be increased if it is hemolytic anemia.

The causes of hemolytic anemia ( there are innumerable causes) can be of any of the following three categories -

1. Immune mediated -wherein the immune system destroys the red cells by forming antibodies. The inducing factor could be medications, malignancy, transfusion etc.

2. Microangiopathic- wherein the red cells are destroyed due to mechanical effects

3. Infections.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
What are mechanical effects associated with Microangiopathic?
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.

In microangiopathic hemolytic anemia the red blood cells get damaged while they pass through small blood vessels whose inner lining is abnormal ( which mechanically destroys the red blood cells).

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