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2. What causes extrinsic hemolytic anemia?

Extrinsic hemolytic anemia is an acquired condition. In this case, the body produces healthy red blood cells, but another source, such as infection, certain drugs, or issues in the spleen, destroys them. Causes of extrinsic hemolytic anemia include

  • Autoimmune disorders (such as lupus, HIV, AIDS, and ulcerative colitis)
  • Leukemia or lymphoma
  • Burns resulting from infection
  • Medications
  • Infections (such as hepatitis, E. coli, and typhoid fever)
  • Tumors
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