Other Toxins that Cause Hemolysis

Insect, Spider, and Snake Bites Acute intravascular hemolysis can occur following bites/stings of bees, wasps, the southern black widow spider, and the brown recluse spider. The bites of American snakes, pit vipers and coral snakes, are known to cause coagulation abnormalities but rarely cause hemolysis. The bite of the cobra snake does cause intravascular hemolysis.

Copper Copper has a direct hemolytic effect on red blood cells. Copper sulfate contamination from copper pipes can taint hemodialysis fluid, and copper sulfate is sometimes used in suicide attempts. Patients with Wilson's disease experience transient episodes of hemolysis as a result of their elevated copper levels.

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