90 blood transfusions fail to avert autoimmune anaemia in rare case

The patient required 2-3 red blood cell units daily to hold a haemoglobin count of 40-50g/L.

Splenectomy proved crucial to stabilising a 60-year-old man with a severe form of autoimmune anaemia after all other treatments — including 90 blood transfusions — had failed, US doctors report.

Despite their best efforts to avoid removing the spleen, the clinicians said it led to an almost immediate resolution of the month-long “haemolytic emergency”.