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Pediatric Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Key Points About Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Children

  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a rare condition that can lead to kidney failure.
  • It is a serious illness and can be fatal. But most children with the most common form of HUS recover with full kidney function.
  • In children, HUS can develop after an infection with E. coli bacteria. It can also develop from taking certain medicines.
  • Symptoms include belly pain, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, bruising in the mouth and swelling.
  • There is no treatment to stop HUS. But treatment can be done to help support your child during the illness. Your child may need to be closely watched in an intensive care unit (ICU).

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Providers Who Treat Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

    Departments that Treat Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

    Kidney Transplantation

    The Kidney Transplantation Program is the only one of its kind in the Washington, D.C., area focused on the needs of children and teens with kidney disease. Additionally, it is the region's only Medicare-approved center for kidney transplants in children and teens.

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    Nephrology

    Learn how our highly skilled team works across divisions to manage the full range of kidney diseases in children, including dialysis and kidney transplantation.