Drug-Induced Hemolytic Anemia

Drug-Induced Hemolytic Anemia is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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General Principles

  • Drug-induced hemolytic anemia is anemia resulting from exposure to a medication. Table 21-5 lists common offending medications.
  • Hemolysis occurs by several mechanisms such as drug-induced antibodies, hapten formation, and immune complexes. The most commonly implicated agents are cephalosporins, penicillins, NSAIDs, and quinine or quinidines.

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