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BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Dec 19;2014. pii: bcr2014206623. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-206623.

A ghost covered in lice: a case of severe blood loss with long-standing heavy pediculosis capitis infestation.

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Department of Paediatrics, Conquest Hospital, East Sussex, UK.

Abstract

An 11-year-old child presented with poor school attendance, and signs and symptoms of severe anaemia. He was heavily covered in lice. He was investigated for other causes of anaemia. Following treatment for head lice and also iron supplementation, he was back in full-time education. This case highlights the link between head lice (pediculosis capitis) infestation and iron-deficiency anaemia.

PMID:
25527684
PMCID:
PMC4275752
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2014-206623
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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