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 upon the way in which the red blood cells are destroyed. Each type of hemolytic anemia has different possible treatments.

When your body destroys red blood cells, your bone marrow must produce new red blood cells at a more rapid rate than normal.

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

The severity of the hemolytic anemia is determined by how quickly cells are being broken down and by how quickly the bone marrow can replace the red blood cells.