What nonspecific physical findings suggest hemolytic anemia?

Updated: May 27, 2021
  • Author: Srikanth Nagalla, MD, MS, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The physical examination in an individual with hemolytic anemia can reveal signs of anemia, complications of hemolysis, and evidence of an underlying disease. General pallor and pale conjunctivae and fingernails indicate anemia but are not specific for hemolytic anemias. Tachycardia, tachypnea, and hypotension due to anoxia and decreased vascular volume can occur in severe anemias but are not specific for hemolytic anemias.


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