Cutaneous anthrax associated with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and coagulopathy in a 7-month-old infant

Abigail Freedman, Olubunmi Afonja, Mary Wu Chang, Farzad Mostashari, Martin Blaser, Guillermo Perez-Perez, Herb Lazarus, Robert Schacht, Jane Guttenberg, Michael Traister, William Borkowsky

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Abstract

A 7-month-old infant with cutaneous anthrax developed severe systemic illness despite early treatment with antibiotics. The infant displayed severe microangiopathic hemolytic anemia with renal involvement, coagulopathy, and hyponatremia. These findings are unusual with cutaneous anthrax, but have been described in illness resulting from spider toxin and may delay correct diagnosis. The systemic manisfestations of the disease persisted for nearly a month despite corticosteroid therapy, but resolved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)869-874
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Volume287
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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