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J Pediatr. 2010 Jan;156(1):155-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.07.021.

Brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) envenomation leading to acute hemolytic anemia in six adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Hematology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA.


Loxosceles reclusa (brown recluse spider) bites often cause local envenomation reactions; however, acute hemolysis from systemic loxoscelism is rare. To highlight this important diagnostic consideration for unexplained hemolysis in areas endemic for brown recluse spiders, we report on 6 adolescents with acute hemolytic anemia from presumed L reclusa bites.

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