Hemolytic anemia is a process by which red blood cells are destroyed. There are many causes of hemolytic anemia.

The type of hemolytic anemia depends on the way the red blood cells are destroyed. There are varied treatments for each type of hemolytic anemia.

When your body destroys red blood cells, your bone marrow must make new red blood cells faster than normal.

Some hemolytic anemias are rapid and life threatening, while others are slower and have more chronic problems.

How severe the hemolytic anemia is depends on how quickly cells are being broken down and on how quickly the bone marrow can replace the red blood cells.