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Br J Haematol. 2001 Dec;115(4):924-5.

Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia triggered by Bartonella henselae infection: a case report.

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Department of Haematology, Internal Medicine, University Hospital Leuven, 49 Herestraat, B3000 Leuven, Belgium.


Bartonella henselae is a hitherto unidentified cause of autoimmune haemolytic anaemia. Here we report a case of Coombs-negative autoimmune haemolytic anaemia. The episode was preceded by exposure to a cat and a non-specific infectious syndrome. Concomitant serum titres of B. henselae antibodies were indicative of a recent infection. The case report suggests that B. henselae infection can trigger secondary autoimmune haemolytic anaemia.

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