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Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (WAIHA)


Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (WAIHA) is a rare autoimmune disorder characterized by the destruction of red blood cells by antibodies produced by the body's immune system. These antibodies target red blood cells at body temperature (around 37°C), leading to their premature destruction and causing anemia. Common symptoms include fatigue, pallor, jaundice, and shortness of breath, and treatment typically involves corticosteroids, immunosuppressive therapy, and, in severe cases, splenectomy. WAIHA can occur at any age but is more commonly diagnosed in adults, particularly women.

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