SCULLY: I was told that it was some kind of auto immune hemolytic anemia.
Levels between 20 and 30 mg/dL associated with prematurity and hemolytic disease may increase the risk of kernicterus.
The group A streptococci are hemolytic bacteria, which means that they have the ability to break red blood cells.
Hemolytic means that these streptococci are capable of destroying red blood cells.
If the organism is a group A hemolytic streptococcus, an area immediately around the bacterial colony will show hemolysis (the breaking up or lysing of red blood cells), leaving a clear zone surrounding the colony.