Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

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Filed Under: Emergency / Critical Care

Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia is an abnormally red blood cell (RBC) count.  The RBC's primary function is to transport oxygen to tissues; when oxygen transport decreases to critical levels, clinical signs occur.  Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), occurs when the RBCs are destroyed by the body's own immune system.  Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to IMHA, including the cocker spaniel, poodles, West Highland white terrier, Old English sheepdog, schnauzer, and Irish setter.  In cats, IMHA is often associated with certain infections.  (More information in below attachment...)