Symptoms Of Acquired Hemolytic Anemia

Enlarged Spleen And Liver

Dreamstime
Advertisement Loading
▾ Continue Below ▾

Another worrying symptom of acquired hemolytic anemia is the presence of an enlarged spleen and liver. The spleen, the organ that filters out aged or damaged blood cells and fights infections, may become enlarged due to the stress put on this organ by the death of red blood cells. The liver, which breaks down hemoglobin and excretes bilirubin, may become inflamed or enlarged as bilirubin concentrations in the blood increase. Known as pre-hepatic bilirubin, conditions such as acquired hemolytic anemia may cause the excessive deterioration and death of red blood cells before they reach the liver, resulting in an upsurge in bilirubin level. This compound, known as unconjugated bilirubin, is toxic unless filtered by the liver. The liver can then become enlarged as it attempts to process a disproportionate amount of this unconjugated bilirubin. While visually undetectable, the enlargement of one or both of these organs can cause significant abdominal pain, which should prompt a visit to a healthcare professional.

BACK
(3 of 6)
NEXT
Advertisement Loading
▾ Continue Below ▾
BACK
(3 of 6)
NEXT
HealthPrep Staff
BACK
(3 of 6)
NEXT
Advertisement Loading
▾ Continue Below ▾
Advertisement Loading
▾ Continue Below ▾

MORE FROM HEALTHPREP

    Advertisement Loading
    ▾ Continue Below ▾
    Advertisement Loading
    ▾ Continue Below ▾
    Advertisement Loading
    ▾ Continue Below ▾
    Advertisement Loading
    ▾ Continue Below ▾