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MCAT Question A Day - 8/21/14 - Answer!

Anemia (decreased red blood cell count) can be caused by over activity of which of the following organs?

A.  Thymus
B.  Thyroid
C.  Spleen
D.  Lymph nodes

C is correct. Hemolytic anemia can result from abnormalities of the red bloods cells that make them fragile and more susceptible to rupture when they are processed by the spleen. You should know for the test that the spleen destroys old, worn out red blood cells.

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