is combination of haem – iron containing compound and lysis – breaking down.
is the destruction of red blood cells. Red blood cells have the important mission of carrying oxygen from your lungs to your heart and throughout your entire body. Your bone marrow is responsible for making these red blood cells.
If destruction of red blood cells is more than the production of these cells by bone marrow, occurs. is the term used to refer to caused by the excess destruction of red blood cells.
Normal red blood cells (erythrocytes) have a lifespan of about 120 days. After they die they break down and are removed from the circulation by the spleen.
may occur in vivo or in vitro (inside or outside the body).
➲Vivo may occur as a result of taking certain medications, this breakdown of red blood cells is increased. Medications that have been associated with include acetaminophen, penicillin, and other pain medications.
➲In case of vitro , red blood cells may break down due to mechanical damage, such as from artificial heart valves or heart-lung bypass, from mechanical blood processing during surgery etc.