Process by which red blood cells disintegrate, releasing their contents
A life-threatening condition that may result from the breakdown (hemolysis) of a large number of red blood cells (RBCs) and damage to the kidneys (uremia). Most often it presents as a complication of an infection of the digestive tract caused by certain bacteria that produce a toxin that enters the bloodstream and destroys RBCs. This syndrome is...
The amount of blood drawn for laboratory tests has been shown to have a direct relationship to patients' ill health. While collecting the very minimal amount of blood required for testing reduces risks, smaller blood volumes present several challenges for clinical laboratories.