Clin Pediatr Hematol Oncol.  2021 Apr;28(1):46-48. 10.15264/cpho.2021.28.1.46.

A Case of Severe Iron Deficiency Anemia Due to Pediculus Capitis

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
  • 2Departments of Pharmacy, Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY, USA
  • 3Departments of Pediatrics, Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY, USA

Abstract

Infestation with Pediculus capitis, or head lice, is a common occurrence in the pediatric population. These ectoparasites survive by feeding on human blood. While a nuisance, lice are typically considered harmless and the amount of blood imbibed is not usually considered to be of clinical significance. We present a case of a 10-year-old female with severe, prolonged head lice infestation with concomitant iron deficiency anemia that was unable to be attributed to other causes.

Keyword

Anemia; Iron deficiency; Child; Pediculus; Lice infestation
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