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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...

What is hemolytic-uremic syndrome (hus)?

Toxic Kidney Injury. Hus is a disorder that usually occurs when an infection in the GI tract (such as e.Coli o157:h7) produces toxic substances that damage blood vessel lining, cause hemolytic anemia and lead to kidney failure. It is a serious infectious complication that can actually be made worse with antibiotics. Read more...
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...

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...

What number of deaths are caused by hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

Tough to say. The articles say that around 1-3 children (age 1-10) per 100000 get hus yearly, and around 5% of them perish. Adults -- harder to say as they are often sick with other things. Since hus is likely to be underdiagnosed, i'd go with 50000000 children under 11 in the us, 1500 cases, 30 deaths, about like rocky mountain spotted fever. Would like to hear from others. Read more...

Can I be vaccinated against hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

No. It is usually caused after an gastro-intestinal disorder characterized by diarrhea and vomiting. A common cause is from contaminated meat. Other infections can lead to hus as well. Some medications including chemo therapeutic agents, quinine containing compounds and Cyclosporine has been implicated. Read more...
No. Simply hope you do not get it. Eat your meat well-cooked, wash your vegetables, and hope for the best. Read more...

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...

Should someone with a history of hemolytic uremic syndrome as a child follow up with a nephrologist as a adult? Even if they're not having problems

Yes . blood pressure need to be monitored together with kidney function test. So the answer is yes. Read more...
Not necessarily. If your primary care doctor has checked your kidney function and it is normal then you probably do not need to see a nephrologist. If there is any residual kidney damage from the HUS then it would be good to see a nephrologist. Many people recover fully from HUS and do not need ongoing care by a kidney specialist. Read more...

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...