Hemolytic uremic syndrome

What causes hemolytic uremic syndrome?

Hemolytic uremic syndrome often occurs after a gastrointestinal infections with E. coli bacteria ( Escherichia coli 0157:H7 ). The condition has also been linked to other gastrointestinal infections, including shigella and salmonella, as well as infections outside of the gastrointestinal system. The condition results when the bacteria lodge in the digestive tract and produce toxins that can enter the bloodstream. The toxins travel through the bloodstream and can destroy blood cells, causing acute kidney injury.

Last updated on 05-01-20

What is the long-term outlook (prognosis) for children affected by hemolytic uremic syndrome?

With proper management, most children who develop hemolytic uremic syndrome and its complications recover without permanent damage to their health.

However, children with hemolytic uremic syndrome may have serious and sometimes life-threatening complications, including:

Some children may sustain significant kidney damage that slowly develops into chronic kidney disease (CKD). Children who develop CKD must receive treatment to replace the work the kidneys do, either through dialysis or kidney transplantation.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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