Severe intravascular haemolysis due to brown recluse spider bite: A life threatening but treatable condition

Mushtaque Ahmed, Mustafa Hamid Bashir, Salah Gariballa

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Abstract

A 44-year-old male gardener presented with fever, vomiting and necrotic sloughing skin following a sting by an insect while removing dead leaves from palm trees. On day 3 of his hospital stay he developed jaundice and severe Coomb's-positive haemolytic anaemia. He continued to deteriorate despite intensive treatment with intravenous fluids replacement, blood transfusion and antibiotics. He eventually made an excellent recovery with high dose intravenous steroids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-78
Number of pages2
JournalEmirates Medical Journal
Volume25
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Brown recluse
  • Haemolysis
  • Spider

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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