4 doctors weighed in:
Why it is said that cephalosporins can cause hemolytic anemia?
4 doctors weighed in

Emily Lu
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Autoimmune reaction
Cephalosporins interact with red blood cell membranes.
The body can sometimes produce antibodies against cephalosporins that also interact with the surface of red blood cells. These antibodies thus activate the body's immune system to attack its own red blood cells, causing hemolytic anemia. This is a rare but severe side effect of cephalosporins.

In brief: Autoimmune reaction
Cephalosporins interact with red blood cell membranes.
The body can sometimes produce antibodies against cephalosporins that also interact with the surface of red blood cells. These antibodies thus activate the body's immune system to attack its own red blood cells, causing hemolytic anemia. This is a rare but severe side effect of cephalosporins.
Emily Lu
Emily Lu
Answer assisted by Emily Lu, Medical Student
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors