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Dr. Pascale Lane
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Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (Overview)

A condition in which an infection in the digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells. This results in kidney injury. Bacteria usually cause this condition, and common initial symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea that may be bloody.


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Why do some people get hemolytic uremic syndrome and others don't?

Why do some people get hemolytic uremic syndrome and others don't?

EHEC with STX: Hemoyltic uremic syndrome (hus) is associated with infections involving entero-hemorrhagic e coli (ehec). This results in bloody diarrhea and hus since this bacteria produces a special group of toxins (verotoxin or shiga toxins- aka stx). The most representative strain of this type of e coli is referred to as o157:h7, responsible for several deadly outbreaks in recent years around the world. ...Read more

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Dr. Pascale Lane
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Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (Overview)

A condition in which an infection in the digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells. This results in kidney injury. Bacteria usually cause this condition, and common initial symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea that may be bloody.


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What are the symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome?

What are the symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome?

Variable: Hemolytic uremic syndrome involves damage to tiny blood vessels that breaks down red blood cells and uses up platelets leading to weakness, pale color, and bleeding. Damage often affects kidneys, leading to abnormal urine or even kidney failure. Other organs may also get damaged, including the pancreas, brain, and liver. Symptoms depend on which organs get damaged as well as the level of anemia. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hemolytic uremic syndrome?

What are the tests for hemolytic uremic syndrome?

See below: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (hus) usually follows an acute episode of diarrheal illness caused by enterohemorrhagic e. Coli. Acute renal failure and increased red cell destruction are the hallmarks of hus. Rising serum creatinine level and reticulocyte counts would be expected. ...Read more

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What things cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

What things cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

Certain E. coli: Enterohemorrhagic e. Coli, usually type o157, is the most common cause of hus which begins about one week into the bloody diarrhea illness. The risk of hus is prominently increased if antibiotics are used during the diarrheal illness. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat hemolytic uremic syndrome?

HUS has diff types: Most of the cases that relate to e.Coli or sigella food poisoning, hemorrhagic diarrhea if severe, recover spontaneously and not even see the doctor. The ones who have to see a doc are the severe cases d/ t e.Coli or unknown cause not relating to diarrhea. These mostly need plasma exchange. A new report suggests that the diarrhea mechanism may be blocked with oral manganese. It may not help hus. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for hemolytic uremic syndrome?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for hemolytic uremic syndrome?

Different docs: Foe successful diagnosis and treatment of hus a patient needs to see a nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a hematologist (blood specialist) usually. ...Read more

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How come hemolytic-uremic syndrome very damaging to the kidneys, and what can I do to prevent it?

See below: Hemolytic uremic syndrome usually develops in response to infection, especially toxigenic e coli. The disease process leads to clogging of capillaries in the kidney and destroying the blood filtration process. Avoiding is by protecting yourself from infection. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemolytic-uremic-syndrome/ds00876. ...Read more

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What's a hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

HUS...: Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (hus) is a disorder that usually occurs when an infection in the digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells, causing kidney injury. Hus often begins with vomiting and diarrhea, which may be bloody. Within a week, the person may become weak and irritable. Persons with this condition may urinate less than normal. Urine output may almost stop. ...Read more

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What is hemolytic-uremic syndrome (hus)?

What is hemolytic-uremic syndrome (hus)?

Kidney disease: Caused by break down of red blood cells (hemolysis) that is caused by minute clots ( microthrombi )in capillaries in kidneys and other organs including brain. The resultant blockage of kidney and brain circulations cause kidney failure and seizure respectively. Not all cases have obviously diagnosable reason but an infection with certain kind of e.Coli bacteria can cause it and that can be fatal. ...Read more

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What things cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

Certain E. coli: Enterohemorrhagic e. Coli, usually type o157, is the most common cause of hus which begins about one week into the bloody diarrhea illness. The risk of hus is prominently increased if antibiotics are used during the diarrheal illness. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hemolytic uremic syndrome?

See below: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (hus) usually follows an acute episode of diarrheal illness caused by enterohemorrhagic e. Coli. Acute renal failure and increased red cell destruction are the hallmarks of hus. Rising serum creatinine level and reticulocyte counts would be expected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome?

Variable: Hemolytic uremic syndrome involves damage to tiny blood vessels that breaks down red blood cells and uses up platelets leading to weakness, pale color, and bleeding. Damage often affects kidneys, leading to abnormal urine or even kidney failure. Other organs may also get damaged, including the pancreas, brain, and liver. Symptoms depend on which organs get damaged as well as the level of anemia. ...Read more

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What are the issues with hemolytic uremic syndrome?

What are the issues with hemolytic uremic syndrome?

Concern about kidney: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (hus) is a condition that results from the abnormal premature destruction of red blood cells. Blood cells start to clog the filtering system in the kidneys, which may eventually cause the life-threatening kidney failure seen in hus. Most cases of hus develop in children after colon infection due to e.Coli. Adults can also get hus but often the reason is not due to e.Coli. ...Read more

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How common is death from hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

How common is  death from hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

Depends on type: Children with enterotoxic hus die 5% or less. With atypical hus the death rate is higher with chronic recurrent episodes. ...Read more

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