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Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)?

HUS occurs when a toxic substance is released into the bloodstream and destroys red blood cells. This causes bleeding, blood clots, and kidney damage. HUS is more common in young children than in adults.

What causes HUS?

Food that contains bacteria is the most common cause of HUS. An example is E. coli bacteria. The bacteria release harmful substances that injure blood vessels. The following can also cause HUS:

What are the signs and symptoms of HUS?

How is HUS diagnosed?

How is HUS treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What do I need to know about nutrition?

You may need to make changes to the foods you eat. Keep a list of foods you can eat. You may need to take vitamin and mineral supplements, such as calcium. Drink liquids as directed. You may need to write down how much liquid you drink and how much you urinate. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much of the following you can have each day:

What can I do to prevent foodborne diseases?

Make sure everyone in your house follows these rules:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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