Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (wAIHA) is a clinical form of AIHA, in which the immune system creates antibodies (typically IgG) that destroy healthy red blood cells. wAIHA is unique with antibodies operating at its greatest point at body temperature, 97.7–99.5 °F. wAIHA can be classified as idiopathic (primary) or secondary, determining the approach of treatment. Treatment options are inclusive primarily of corticosteroids and then a splenectomy or immunosuppressors if needed.
People of any age can develop wAIHA, but the most common age range is 50 - 70 years old
Unlike hemophilia and other hereditary medical conditions, genetic predisposition to wAIHA within familial lines has not been documented
Approximately 17 individuals out of every 100,000 are diagnosed with wAIHA
Women are just as likely to develop wAIHA as men
Symptoms generally develop over a timeframe of several weeks to several months (some patients may be asymptomatic initially), though they may also occasionally develop over a few days. Symptoms vary from person-to-person, dependent on onset rate, healthy red blood count destruction rate, and if there is an underlying disorder.
SYMPTOMS OF SEVERE wAIHA (particularly for quick onset)
There are several treatment options for wAIHA. As the first line is administered, physicians often observe how their patients react to the medication. If no improvements are seen, they may pursue other lines of therapy. Generally, including:
Corticosteroids and RBC transfusion
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