Brown recluse bites caused two people’s blood cells to self-destruct

Two people bitten by brown recluse spiders developed a rare condition in which their immune system destroyed their red blood cells, according to a new case report.

In the first case, a 30-year-old man came to the hospital with nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and a painful injury to his left shoulder. In the other case, a 28-year-old woman presented with severe low back pain. They both had strange lesions. The man’s, on his left shoulder, was small and irregularly shaped, with a black, crusty patch on one side; the woman’s, on her upper back, was target-shaped and larger. Both were painful to the touch.

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