Exchange transfusion for severe autoimmune hemolytic anemia

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A 10-year-old patient with severe autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) presented with heart failure. Hemoglobin levels remained dangerously low despite multiple blood transfusions and corticosteroid therapy. A two-volume exchange transfusion promptly restored and maintained satisfactory hemoglobin levels. An exchange transfusion should be considered in selected patients with AIHA when severe hemolysis results in life-threatening anemia, and repeated blood transfusions are unsuccessful in maintaining safe hemoglobin levels. Such an approach may be especially applicable in children in whom plasma-pheresis may not be suitable because of technical limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-304
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987


  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Exchange transfusion


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