Case 17 – update 3

Teamhaem have spoken!

The film shows polychromasia and enlarged red cells – likely reticulocytes.  There are also small contracted cells  – spherocytes.  Normal red cells should be like the below:


Here is our patient’s film:


More results:

DAT – positive

LDH – 750iU/L

Reticulocytes 172×10*9/L

#teamhaem are convinced he has features of extravascular haemolysis and with a positive DAT we suspect this is autoimmune haemolytic anaemia.  There has been no recent transfusions.

Questions for the team:

  • How do you classify haemolytic anaemia?
  • We think this is autoimmune haemolytic anaemia.  What are the potential causes?

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