Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a traditional question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 20-year-old African-American male comes to the clinic because he has a three day history of worsening fatigue upon exertion. Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with a upper respiratory infection and was treated with amoxicillin. The patient has no past medical history and does not take any medications. The abdomen is soft, non-tender, and non distended, however the spleen is enlarged. The patient also has some period. Lab results are as follows:

  • Hemoglobin: 7.5 g/dL
  • Reticulocytes: 11%
  • Platelets: 200,000/mm³
  • Leucocytes: 8,100/mm³
  • Direct Coombs test: positive 

What is the likely diagnosis in this patient?



Page Updated: 02.13.2017