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In what way does ethylene glycol cause hemolysis?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
34 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Does not: At least not in humans. Ethylene glycol is metabolized to a number of toxic compounds that can damage kidney, brain and heart. In animals particularly mice one of these damages red blood cells and causes hemolysis, but for some reason this is very rare in humans. Apparently the human red blood cell is relatively resistant to that particular injury. Still the other toxicities remain.
Answered on Feb 8, 2012

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