RED CELL DISORDERS Anemia of blood loss Hemolytic anemia Anemia of decreased erythropoiesis Polycythemia Bleeding disorders Bleeding disorders related.

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  • Blood LossAcute: traumaChronic: lesions of gastrointestinal tract, gynecologic disturbances. The features of chronic blood loss anemia are the same as iron deficiency anemia, and is defined as a situation in which the production cannot keep up with the loss.

  • Acute blood loss result in Hypovolemic shockThere is normocytic nromochromic anemiaDecreased in hematocritIncreased erythropoisis and reticulocytosisThere is leuckocytosis due to mobilization by adrenergic hormones in turn due to hypotension compensatory release of adrenergic hormones, thrombocytosis.

  • HEMOLYTICHEREDITARYMEMBRANE disorders: e.g., spherocytosisENZYME disorders: e.g., G6PD deficciencyHGB disorders (hemoglobinopathies)ACQUIREDMEMBRANE disorders (PNH)ANTIBODY MEDIATED, transfusion or autoantibodiesMECHANICAL TRAUMAINFECTIONSDRUGS, TOXINSHYPERSPLENISM

  • IMPAIRED PRODUCTIONDisturbance of proliferation and differentiation of stem cells: Aplastic anemias, Pure RBC aplasia, Renal failure

  • Disturbance of proliferation and maturation of erythroblasts

    Defective DNA synthesis: (Megaloblastic Anemia), deficiency of folate and Vitamin B12

  • Defective heme synthesis: (Fe) Iron deficiency anemiaDeficient globin synthesis: Thalassemias

  • Increased Destruction (Hemolytic Anemias) Intrinsic (intracorpuscular) abnormalities.Hereditary Membrane abnormlities Membrane skeleton proteins: H.Spherocytosis, H.Elliptocytosis

  • Enzyme deficiencies Glycolytic enzymes: pyruvate kinase, Hexokinase Enzymes of hexose monophosphate shunt: glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, glutathione synthetase

  • Disorders of hemoglobin synthesis Deficient globin synthesis: thalassemia syndromes Structurally abnormal globin synthesis (hemoglobinopathies): sickle cell anemia, unstable hemoglobins

  • Acquired Membrane defect: paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria

  • Extrinsic(extracorpuscular)abnormalities Antibody mediated Isohemagglutinins: transfusion reactions, erythroblastosis fetalis (Rh disease of the newborn) Autoantibodies: idiopathic (primary), drug-associated, systemic lupus erythematosus

  • Mechanical trauma to red cells

    Microangiopathic hemolytic anemias: thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, disseminated intravascular coagulation Infections: malariaToxins like clostodium toxinMarathon running and drumbeatingChemical injury like lead poisoningHypersplenism and defective cardiac valves.

  • Mechanical traumaRed blood cell fragments, burr cells, and helmet cells are associated with eithermicroangiopathic hemolytic anemia or mechanical red cell destruction.In patients with prosthetic valves, red blood cells are exposed to excessive shear and turbulencein the circulation, causing damage from mechanical trauma


  • Classification depending on Red cell sizeNormocyticMicrocyticMacrocyticDegree of hemoglobinization the color of the red cellNormochromicHypochromicHyperchromic

  • Mean cell volume(MCV) is average volume of red cell expressed in femtolt(FL)Normal-82 to96 flDecreased in iron def anemia

  • Mean cell hb(MCH) is average mass of the Hb expressed in PicogramNormal 27 to37 picogramDecreased in iron deficiency anemia

  • MCHC(Mean cell Hb concentration) is average concentation of Hb in a given packed red cell. Male-33-37g/dl female-33-37g/dlRDW Red cell distribution width 11.5-14.5

  • Hemoglobin- men-13.6-17.2 g/dl women-12.0-15.0 g/dlHematocrit (HCT) Men- -39-49% women- 33-43% Red cell count 106/mm3 Men4.3-5.9 Women-3.5-5.0 Reticulocyte count 0.5-1.5%

  • Hemolytic anemiaAnemia's that are associated with accelerated destruction of red cells are termed hemolytic anemias.Destruction can be caused by either inherent (intracorpuscular) red cell defects, which are usually inherited, or external (extracorpuscular) factors, which are usually acquired

  • HEMOLYTIC ANEMIASGeneral features of hemolytic anemias. (1) an increased rate of red cell destruction, (2) a compensatory increase in erythropoiesis that results in reticulocytosis, and (3) Accumulation of Hb degradation products

  • Intravascular hemolysisDestruction of red cells can occur within the vascular compartmentExtravascular hemolysis.Red cell destruction within the cells of the mononuclear phagocyte (reticuloendothelial) system

  • Clinical features of extra vascular hemolysisExtravascular hemolysis needs alteration in RBC shape to less deformable to pass thro the spllenic sinusoidsFeatures1.Anemia2.Jaundice 3.Splenomegaly.

  • Intravascular hemolysis causesMechanical traumaBy defective cardiac valves thrombotic Narrowing of the microcirculationComplement fixationIntracellualr parasites(Malarial parasite)Toxic injuries

  • Clinical features

    1.Anemia2.Hbglobinemia3.Hemoglobinuria4.Hemosiderinuria. Massive intravascular hemolysis sometimes leads to acute tubular necrosis (Free iron damamging the tubular cells)

  • HEMOGLOBIONURIALarge amount of Hb is released from the lysed RBCs bound to heptoglobin cleared by MNPS and depletion of heptoglobin occurs and remaining free Hb oxidizes to methhemoglobin which is brown in color causing when excreted in urine give rise to hemoglobinuria

  • JaundiceHb bounded to heptoglobin form complex is cataboliseed to bilirubin in MNPs leads to jaundice.The heme converts to conjugated and uncongugated bilirubin and excess of unconjugated bilirubin leads to icterus.

  • HemosiderosisSome Hb release iron which accumulates in renal tubular cells cause renal hemosiderosis.(also renal tubular necrosis)

  • There is a raise in uncongugated bilirubin in hemolytic anemiaAlso formation of gall stones.

  • Hereditary Spherocytosis

    The inherited disorder is caused by the intrinsic defect in the red cell membrane skeleton that leads RBC to spheroid,and vulnerable to splenic sequestration and destruction.It is a Autosomal dominant, in of the cases.Common in Northern Europe25% of patients have a more severe autosomal recessive form of the disease.

  • PATHOGENESISIn HS the primary abnormality resides in one of a group of proteins.The major protein in this skeleton is spectrin,The mutations is that they weaken the vertical interactions between the membrane skeleton and the intrinsic membrane proteins

  • Hereditary spherocytosisMild to moderatehemolytic anemia can lead to splenomegaly, jaundice, and pigmented gallstones..common defect involves mutations in the gene that codes for ankyrin

  • In all types of HS the red cells have reduced membrane stability and consequently lose membrane fragments after their release into the periphery, Blood smears showasSpherocytosisReticulocytosisRaised MCHC due to dehydration caused by loss of H2o and K

  • Clinical Course anemia, splenomegaly, and jaundice.Because of their spheroidal shape, HS red cells show increased osmotic fragility when placed in hypotonic salt solutions, a characteristic that is helpful for diagnosisPigment stones 40 to 50% of the cases

  • Complications

    Complications 1. Aplastic crisis due to Infection by parvovirus2.Hemolytic crisis3.Gall stonesTreatmentSplenectomy

  • HEREDITARY SPHEROCYTOSISGenetic defects affecting ankyrin, spectrin, usually autosomal dominant

    Children, adults

    Anemia, hemolysis, jaundice, splenomegaly, gallstones (what kind?)

  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency

    Red cells are subjected to injuries by exo or endogenous oxidantsAny abnormality in HMP shunt or glutathione metabolism result in deficient in enzyme function and reduces RBC to protect themselvs against oxidants and leads to hemolysis

  • G6PD genetic variants are,G6PD AAnd G6PD Mediterranean, most common in Middle east countries and clinically more significant.

  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency

    A- and Mediterranean are most significant types

  • G6PD is a X linked recessive disorderMost of these cases are harmless.The deficiency is caused by exposure that generate oxidative stressMainly infectionsViral hepatitisPneumoniaTyphoid fever

  • Drugs and certain foods like fava beansDrugs areAntimalarialsSulfonamidesNitrofurantoinIt can cause both intra and extravascular hemolysis

  • G6 PD deficiency anemiaHeinz bodies consist of denatured HbFava beans

  • G6PD


  • G6PD functionsRegenerates NADPH, allowing regeneration of glutathioneProtects against oxidative stressLack of G6PD leads to hemolysis during oxidative stressInfectionMedicationsFava beansOxidative stress leads to Heinz body formation, extravascular hemolysis

  • Presence of Heinz bodies is hall mark of G6Pd deficiencyOxidants cause cross linking of sulfhydryl groups on globin chain and denature and membrane bound precipitates called as Heinz bodies also responsible for intravascular hemolysis and less deformable leads to extravascular hemolysis.

  • The hemoglobinopathiesThe hemoglobinopathies are a group of hereditary disorders that are defined by the presence of structurally abnormal hemoglobins Sickle Cell Anemia It is a common herditary Hb nopathy occurs primarily in individuals of African descent.

    On average, the normal adult red cell contains 96% HbA (22), 3% HbA2 (22), and 1% fetal Hb (HbF, 22).

  • SICKLE CELL ANEMIASickle cell anemia is caused by mutations in globin gene.Substitution of valine for glutamic acid at the sixth position of the -chain produces HbSAbout 8 to 10% of African American are heterozygous individuals it remain asymptomatic as sickle cell trait.

  • Etiology and Pathogenesis

    Etiology and Pathogenesis Upon de oxygenation, Hb S molecules undergo polymerization, a process also referred to as gelation or crystallization. These polymers distort the red cell, which assumes an elongated crescentic, or sickle, shape.

  • Sickling of red cells is initially reversible upon reoxygenation;Membrane damage occurs with each episode of sickling, and eventually the cells accumulate calcium, lose potassium and water, and become irreversibly sickled.

  • The presnce of HBS responsible for the clinical manifestationsChronic hemolysis.Microvascular occlusion,Tissue damage

  • sickle cell traitIn Heterozygote ie in sickle cell traitThe HbS is 40% and HbA is 60%.The remaining is HbA which in turn prevent HbS polymerization, so sickling is very unlikely.Only in profound Hypoxic condition it can cause anemia.

  • Why children remain asymptomatic till 5 to 6 months? Hereditary persistence of HbF in these people the sickle cell disease is less severe.Another variant Hb C Lysine is substituted for glutamate.

  • HbF also prevents the HbS polymerization so they remain asymptomaticIn some children th HbF remain higher level and sickling is very less.But HbC which causes the increase in the HbS and polymerization

  • MCHC levelsIncrease in the MCHC also increase the sicklingIntracellular PHDecrease in Ph facilitates the sicklingTransit time of red cells through microvascular beds.

  • Major consequences stem from the sickling of red cells chronic extravascular hemolytic anemiamicrovascular obstructionsresult in ischemic tissue damage and pain crises

  • PATHOGENESIS OF MICROVASCULAR OcclusionMicrovascular occlusion depends on red cell membrane damage and factors like Inflammation tend to slow or arrest rbcs movement thr microvaculature.Sickle cells exhibit high adhesion moledules and are sticky.The stagnation of rbcs causes Obstruction,hypoxia and more sickling.


    Depletion of NO occurs as released Hb from sickled rbcs bind to the NO and NO level decreases causes more narrowing of vessels platelet aggregation, red cell stasis and thrombosis.

  • Clinical findings

    Clinical findings Dactylitis (hand-foot syndrome)Painful swelling of hands and feet2. Acute chest syndromeBy chest infections esp sterp pneumonia and Fat emboli3. central nervous system stroke,

  • DactilitisDactylitis Hand Foot Syndrome Images- Image Results

  • Sickle cell anemia

  • Acute chest syndrome and stroke are the two leading causes of ischemia-related death4. aplastic crisisThere is transient decrease in erythropoisisDue to infection by parvovirus and leads to anemia5.Spenic sequestration crisisThere is massive entrapment of sickled cells into spleen leading splenic enlargement.

  • Hypovolemia and shock and sometime to death. 6.AutospleneetomySpleen enlarges to certain extent in childhood Spleen is fibrosed and diminish in size called auto spenectomy7,Vasoocclusive crisis also called pain crisis

  • Due to hypoxia and infarction cause severe pain AcidosisInfections and dehydration can trigger the pain crisisMore susceptible to infections by Salmonella,Strp pneumonia and H influenza.

  • Laboratory findingsHb electrophoresisDemonstrate HbSFetal DNA analysis by amniocentesisPeripheral blood findingsthere are sickle cells and targel cells.Hb concentration decreased.

  • Treatment and PrognosisHydroxyurea has beneficiary effectIt increases the HbF levelIt has anti-inflammatory effectAlso long term use of folic acidVaccination against H influenza and Sterptococcal. P

  • IMMUNE HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA General principalsAll require antigen-antibody reactionsTypes of reactions dependent on:Class of AntibodyNumber & Spacing of antigenic sites on cellAvailability of complementEnvironmental TemperatureFunctional status of reticuloendothelial systemManifestationsIntravascular hemolysisExtravascular hemolysis

  • Antibodies combine with RBC, & eitherActivate complement cascade, &/orOpsonize RBC for immune systemIf 1, if all of complement cascade is fixed to red cell, intravascular cell lysis occursIf 2, &/or if complement is only partially fixed, macrophages recognize Fc receptor of Ig &/or C3b of complement & phagocytize RBC, causing extravascular RBC destruction.

  • Immune Hemolytic anemiaImmune Hemolytic anemiaCaused by antibodies that bind to RBC leading to premature destructionCalled autoimmune hemolytic anemiaBut it triggered by ingestion of drugs so called Immune Hemolytic Anemia.

  • Two types of IHAWarm antibody type Cold antibody (agglutinin) type

  • Warm IHAIt is more common in women than menAlso in patients with SLEDrug induced methyldopa, penicillin,quinidine

  • Warm antibody type is more common (48% to 70%)and are of primary or idiopathic(50%)Secondary to SLE, Lymphomas,leukemias and other malignancy.

  • Most causative antibody is IgG IgG and sometime IgA antibodies are presentThe IgG coated red cell binds to fc receptors of phagocytes which remove red cell membrane causing spherocytosis cause splenomegaly.

  • Immune Complex MechanismQuinidine, Quinine, IsoniazidHaptenic Immune MechanismPenicillins, CephalosporinsTrue Autoimmune MechanismMethyldopa, L-DOPA, Procaineamide, Ibuprofen

  • Warm antibody IHAUsually IgG antibodiesFix complement only to level of C3,if at allImmunoglobulin binding occurs at all tempsFc receptors/C3b recognized by macrophages; Hemolysis primarily extravascular70% associated with other illnessesResponsive to steroids/splenectomy

  • HAPTEN MECHANSIMDrug binds to & reacts with red cell surface proteinsAntibodies recognize altered protein, drug, as foreignAntibodies bind to altered protein & initiate process leading to hemolysis

  • Auto antibody modelAlpha Methyl dopa an antihypertensive drug.This drug initiates the formation of anitbody against the intrinsic red cell antigen, in particular Rh antigens,10% patients taking alpha methyldopa develop auto antibodies.

  • Warm antibody immune hemolytic anemiaA 32-year-old woman who has recently started taking -methyldopa develops dark, tea-colored urine. Physical examination reveals mild scleral icterus, a low-grade fever, and mild hepatosplenomegaly. Examination of her peripheral blood reveals many microspherocytes, while laboratory examination finds a positive Coombs test

  • Immune Complex Mechanism

    Drug & antibody bind in the plasmaImmune complexes eitherActivate complement in the plasma, orSit on red blood cellAntigen-antibody complex recognized by RE systemRed cells lysed as innocent bystander of destruction of immune complexREQUIRES DRUG IN SYSTEM

  • Hemolytic transfusion reactionCaused by recognition of foreign antigens on transfused blood cellsSeveral typesImmediate Intravascular Hemolysis (Minutes) - Due to preformed antibodies; life-threateningSlow extravascular hemolysis (Days) - Usually due to repeat exposure to a foreign antigen to which there was a previous exposure; usually only mild symptomsDelayed sensitization - (Weeks) - Usually due to 1st exposure to foreign antigen; asymptomatic

  • Cold antibody IHAMost commonly IgM mediatedAntibodies bind best at 0 to 4 degree C.Fix entire complement cascadeLeads to formation of membrane attack complex, which leads to RBC lysis in vasculatureTypically only complement found on cells90% associated with other illnessesPoorly responsive to steroids, splenectomy; responsive to plasmapheresis

  • Cold antibody IHAMost commonly IgM mediatedAntibodies bind best at 30 or lowerFix entire complement cascadeLeads to formation of membrane attack complex, which leads to RBC lysis in vasculatureTypically only complement found on cells90% associated with other illnessesPoorly responsive to steroids, splenectomy; responsive to plasmapheresis

  • Cold aglutinin present in 15 to 30% of cases,Antibody is IgMBy IgM antibodies that bind red cells at low temp.Also seen following infection like Mycoplasma pneumonieEB virusCMV and H, inflenza and HIVB cell lymphomas

  • Ig M antibody binds to RBCs in the body site where the temp is at low level like 30degree C. hands, toes and ear.As the blood recirculate these Immunoglobulins detach before the complement mainly the C3b which is a opsosin and the RBCS caught by the phagocytes and hemolysisis occur

  • CFJaundiceHepatosplenomegalyRaynauds phenomenon

  • DiagnosisDirect coombs testIndirect coombs testTreatmentRemoval of offending drugImmunosuppressive therapy Splenectomy

  • Direct Coombs antiglobulin test.Patients RBCs are mixed with heterogenous antisera specific for human immunoglobulins. If positive they form antibodies and cause agglutination.Indirect Coombs antiglobulin testPatients sera taken and mixed with commercially available RBC and the test is positive if clumping or agglutination occurs

  • ThalassemiaThalassemia The thalassemias are a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders caused by mutations that decrease the rate of synthesis of - or -globin chains. deficiency of hemoglobin, with additional secondary red cell abnormalities.

  • BETA THALASSEMIAS Molecular pathogenesisCaused by mutations that decreases the synthesis of beta globin chainThe -globin mutations associated with -thalassemia fall into two categories: (1) 0, in which no -globin chains are produced; and (2) +, in which there is reduced (but detectable) -globin synthesis.

  • Splicing mutations common cause for beta + ThalassemiaChain terminator mutations cause for beta 0 thalassemiaPromoter region mutations some normal beta globin synthesized so beta + Thalassemia.

  • Unpaired chains form insoluble aggregates that precipitate within the red cells and cause membrane damage that is severe enough to provoke extravascular hemolysis In severe Thalassemia leads to ineffective erythropoisisIn turn leads to excessive iron reabsorption in the gut leads to hemochromatosis, cardiac failure and death.

  • Clinical Course -thalassemia major manifests itself postnatally as HbF synthesis diminishesGrowth retardationAnemia,Repeated blood transfusion leads to iron overload due to increase absorption.Iron overload on heart cause usually death.

  • Diagnosis

    Hb electrophoresisReduction in HbAIncreased HbFMicrocytic hypochromic anemiaAnisocytosisPoilkilocytosisTarget cellsReticulocyte count slightly raised

  • Beta thalassemia majorThe correct answer isHemoglobin A Hemoglobin A2 Hemoglobin Fa. Increased Increased Increasedb. Increased Increased Decreasedc. Increased Decreased Increasedd. Decreased Increased Increasede. Decreased Decreased Decreased

  • Tear drop cells

  • ALPHA THALASSEMIASInherited deletions that results in reduced or absent synthesis of alpha globin chain.So unpaired gamma in fetal life or beta chain in adultsThese are soluble so hemolysis and ineffective erythropoiesis is less severe than beta thalassemia.

  • Excess of unpaired gamma globin forms tetramers known as Hemoglobin BARTS.The unpaired beta globins forms tetramers known as HbH.

  • Different types of alpha thalassemias1.Silent carrier state(deletion of single alpha globin gene)2.alpha thalassemia trait(2 Alpha gene deletion)3.Hb H disease(3 alpha gene deletion)4.Hydrops fetalis(4 alpha globin gene deletion)

  • Hemolytic Anemias Resulting from Mechanical Trauma to Red Cells cardiac valves like bioprosthetic or mechanical valves.the narrowing and partial obstruction Traumatic hemolytic anemia physical blows (e.g., marathon racing and bongo drumming

  • Microangiopathic hemolytic anemia1.disseminated intravascular coagulation due to intravascular deposition of fibrin. 2.malignant hypertension, 3.SLE, 4.thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, 5.hemolytic-uremic syndrome, 6.disseminated cancer

  • The morphologic alterations in the injured red cells (schistocytes) "burr cells," "helmet cells," and "triangle cells.

  • Tear drop RBC

  • Helmet cells

  • Microangiopathic Hemolytic AnemiaCausesVascular abnormalitiesThrombotic thrombocytopenic purpuraRenal lesionsMalignant hypertensionGlomerulonephritisPreeclampsiaTransplant rejectionVasculitisPolyarteritis nodosaRocky mountain spotted feverWegeners granulomatosis

  • Vascular abnormalitiesAV FistulaCavernous hemangiomaIntravascular coagulation predominantAbruptio placentaeDisseminated intravascular coagulation

  • PNH(PARAOXYSMAL NOCTURNAL HEMOGLOBINURIA)Clonal cell disorderOngoing Intra- & Extravascular hemolysis; classically at nightTestingAcid hemolysis (Ham test)Sucrose hemolysisCD-59 negative (Product of PIG-A gene)Acquired deficit of GPI-Associated proteins (including Decay Activating Factor)

  • GPI links a series of proteins to outer leaf of cell membrane via phosphatidyl inositol bridge, with membrane anchor via diacylglycerol bridgePIG-A gene, on X-chromosome, codes for synthesis of this bridge; multiple defects known to cause lack of this bridgeAbsence of decay accelerating factor leads to failure to inactivate complement & thereby to increased cell lysis

  • ANEMIAS OF DIMINISHED ERYTHROPOIESISANEMIAS OF DIMINISHED ERYTHROPOIESISDecreased red cell production commonly due to nutritional deficiencyBone marrow failureInfiltrative disorder leads to marrow replacement

  • Megaloblastic anemia

    Megaloblastic anemiaImpairment in a DNA synthesis leads to morphologic changes to erythroid precursor and RBCS. Mainly Thymidine synthesis.Two types-1. pernicious anemia due to Vit B12 deficiency2.Folic acid deficiency

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency

    1.Nutritiomal2.Impaired absorption A. Intrinsic factor deficiency Pernicious anemia B Gastrectomy

  • 3.Malabsorption syndromeDiffuse intestitinal diseaseLymphomaAnd systemic sclerosisIleal resectionIlelitisParasitic uptake Fish tapeworm infestation

  • Folic acid deficiency

    1.Decreased intakeInadequate intakeInfancy and alcoholism2.Impaired absorption AnticonvulsantsOral contraceptive pillsMalabsorption states

  • Increased loss HemodialysisIncreased demandPreganancyInfancyDisseminated caFolic acid antagonist

  • Metabolic role of Vit B12 and FolateThey are coenzymes for the synthesisOf Thymidine in turn impair metabolism result in defective nuclear maturation and block cell division and leads to nuclear and cytoplasmic asynchrony.

  • MORPHOLOGYPancytopenia(All myeloid lineages are affected)Change in RBC size and shapes(Macrocyte, and macroovalocyte)HyperchromicHypersegmented neutrophilsHyperplasia of Bone marrowMild ineffective hematopoiesis.

  • Anemia due to Vit B12 deficiency

    Pernicious anemiaIt is a autoimmune disorder caused by defect in intrinsic factor productionChronic gastric atrophy leads to loss of parietal cells Increased incidence of Pernicious in Blood Group A

  • Methyl cobalamine transfers the methyl group to homocysteine to produceMethionineDeficiency of Vit B12 traps N5 methyl FH4Deficiency of folate or Vit B12.. increases plasma homocysteine

  • Pernicious anemia

  • also found in elderly persons with chronic gastritisMorphologyPeripheral blood smear showsMacrocytesHyperchromaticAnisocytosisPoilkilocytosis

  • Nucleated red cell progenitorNeutrophils hypersegmented bone marrow findings Hyper cellularIncreased hematopoietic precursor

  • Clinical features

    Smooth, sore tongue, glazy ,shiny and beefy tongue with atrophy of papillaeAtrophic glossitisNeurologic diseasePeripheral neuropathy with sensor motor dysfunctionb. Sub acute combined degeneration (demyelination) of the spinal cord

  • DiagnosisModerate megaloblastic anemiaLeukopeniaLow serum B12 levelsElevated levels of Homocysteine and methyl melonic acidLow reticulocyte countSchilling testSeru antibodies to intrinsic factor for pernecious anemia

  • methylmalonic acidVitamin B12 is important in DNA synthesis; therefore hematological manifestations of B12 deficiency aremegaloblastic anemia and pancytopenia. Vitamin B12 (deoxyadenosyl cobalamin) also serves asa cofactor for methylmalonyl CoA mutase. [This enzyme catalyzes the conversion of methylmalonyl CoA into succinyl CoA. Succinyl CoA is the final product of fatty acid oxidation that enters citric acid cycle. Deficiency of B12 leads to an accumulation of methylmalonic acid.

  • Elevated levels of methylmalonic acid result in myelin synthesis abnormalities. Neurological damage associated with B12 deficiency includes subacute, combined degeneration of the posterior and lateral spinal columns. Axonal degeneration of peripheral nerves is also seen. Loss of position and vibration sensation, ataxia, and spastic paresis result. Increased serum levels of methylmalonic acid are diagnostic of vitamin B12 deficiency

  • Folate deficiency

  • Aplastic Anemia Aplastic anemia is a disorder in which multipotent myeloid stem cells are suppressed, leading to marrow failure and pancytopenia.

  • Etiology and Pathogenesis

    Most of the cases the cause is unknown65% of the cases are idiopathic.Acquired causes Drugs and chemicals., antineoplastic drugs (e.g., alkylating agents, antimetabolites), benzene, and chloramphenicol. Sulfonamides

  • Chemical agentsBenzene,chloramphenicolAntimetabolitesPenicillamines gold saltsPhysical agentsWhole body irradiationViralHepatitis unknown virusEB virus, Herpes zosterInherited (Fanconi anemia)

  • certain viral infections, most often community-acquired viral hepatitis.CMV infections and EB virus

  • PATHOGENESIS1. immunologically mediated suppression(T cells) 2.Intrensic abnormality in the stem cell.

  • 1.Following exposure to chemicals, or viral infections or drugs, the stem cells are antigenic ally altered that evokes the Immune response and the T lymphocytes stimulate cytokines IF gamma and TNF which in run prevents the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells.

  • 2.Genetic damage that limits the differentiation and proliferation of the stem cells.

  • MorphologyThe bone marrow in aplastic anemia typically is markedly hypocellular, with greater than 90% of the intertrabecular space being occupied by fat.Bone marrow biopsy yields dry tap

  • Anemia may cause fatty change in the liver, and thrombocytopenia and granulocytopenia may result in hemorrhages and bacterial infections,

  • weakness, pallor, and dyspnea. Thrombocytopenia often presents with petechiae and ecchymoses. Granulocytopenia may be manifested only by frequent and persistent minor infections or by the sudden onset of chills, fever, and prostration.

  • Splenomegaly is charestically cells are normocytic and normochromic, although slight macrocytosis is occasionally present; reticulocytes are reduced in number. TreatmentThe idiopathic form has a poor prognosis if left untreated. Bone marrow transplantation is an extremely effective form of therapy

  • The prognosis of marrow aplasia is quite unpredictable., withdrawal of toxic drugs may lead to recovery in some cases. The idiopathic form has a poor prognosis if left untreated. Bone marrow transplantation is an extremely effective form of therapy, especially if performed in nontransfused patients younger than 40 years of age . benefit from immunosuppressive therapy

  • Myelophthisic Anemia Extensive replacement of the marrow by tumors or other lesions. It is most commonly associated with metastatic breast, lung, or prostate cancerAdvanced tuberculosis, lipid storage disorders, and osteosclerosis can produce a similar clinical picture.

  • Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Most common form of nutritional deficiencyTotal body Fe content in women 2gm for men 6gmIt is present in 2 compartments1.Storage compartment as Ferritin stored in liver, spleen and bone marrow and skeletal muscleHemosiderin

  • Functional compartment 80% of the total iron in HbDaily requirementsFor men 7 to 10mgWomen7 to 20mgHealthy females have low storage of iron due to Menstrual loss every month compared to men.

  • Causes of iron deficiency anemia1.Decreased dietary intake2.Impaired absorption3.Increased demand in pregnancy and lactation, toddlers and children.4.Chronic blood loss.

  • Pathogenesis

    Iron is transported by binding to iron binding protein called transferrinTransferrin levelIn men 120micogram/dlIn women 100micogram/dlMicrocytic hypochromic anemiaThe serum ferritin level fallsThe hepcidin levels decreases.

  • Clinical features

    Fatigue,PalpitationsDyspneaPallorKoilonychia spoon shaped nails bedsDepletion of iron from the CNS lead to eating mud or clay.

  • Plummer Vinson syndromeGlossitisOesophageal webHypochromic microcytic anemia

  • Factors enhance the iron absorption areAscorbic acid and aminoacidsFactors that inhibit the iron absorption are,Tannates (present in tea)Phytates,phosphates

  • Diagnosis

    Increased total iron binding capacityDecreased ferritin levelsDecreased total serum ironIncrease in the transferrin receptorsReticulocytosisThrombocytosisIncreased RDWLow hepcidin levels

  • Chronic diseases leading to anemiaChronic infectionsChronic immune disorders like Rheumatoid arthritisNeoplasms

  • Diagnosis

    1.Increased ferritin level2.Decreased total iron binding capacity.3.Increased hepcidin,4.Normochromic normocytic or microcytic hypochromic

  • Hypochromic, microcytic red cells. The serum iron levels, The total iron-binding capacity,Transferrin saturation to be reduced. A bone marrow biopsy reveals the iron to be present mainly within macrophages. Anemia of chronic disease

  • Koilonychia Fe deficiency

  • Serum IronTIBCserum ferritintransferrinA)NormalNormalNormalNormalB)LowHighLowHighC)Normal /HighNormal/lowHighLowD)LowLowNormal to highLow

    ****To understand why there is an erythroid HYPER-plasia in marrows, with patients having HEMOLYTIC anemias, is CRITICAL!Would you say all the above levels mean that these are good tests for hemolysis? YESHow about hemoglobinuria too? YES*Note lack of a central pallor and a microcytosis, i.e., low MCVIf most of the RBCs are chewed up in the spleen, do you think splenectomy is often helpful in the management of this disease? YES*G6PD converts glucose-6-phosphate into 6-phosphoglucono--lactone and is the rate-limiting enzyme of the pentose phosphate pathway. What are Heinz bodies? (denatured Hgb) Does G6PD deficiency put RBCs at more risk to oxidative DAMAGE? Ans: YES Is that why it is a hemolytic anemia? YES*


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