JOHN R. BARTHOLOMEW, M.D.; WILLIAM R. BELL, M.D.; R. SUE SHIREY, M.S.
Cold Agglutinin hemolytic anemia due to cold autoantibodies associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae is rare. Optimal treatment includes antibiotics and maintenance of a constant warm environment for the patient. This treatment, however, may result in a prolonged, costly, and confining hospitalization.
We report the use of an environmental suit for a patient with severe hemolysis due to M. pneumoniae pneumonia. This suit provides a constant temperature and has enabled the patient to journey outside his room, despite winter temperatures, yet avoid further hemolytic episodes. Early discharge was possible and has facilitated the patient's return to home and work as well as
BARTHOLOMEW JR, BELL WR, SHIREY RS. Cold Agglutinin Hemolytic Anemia: Management with an Environmental Suit. Ann Intern Med. ;106:243–244. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-243
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):243-244.
Hematology/Oncology, Red Cell Disorders.
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