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What are the signs and symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome?
In E. coli-related HUS, gastroenteritis occurs with abdominal cramping,
vomiting and profuse bloody, watery diarrhea. This may cause significant
dehydration, weakness and lethargy, as well as
electrolyte imbalances because of
the loss of sodium, potassium, and chloride in the
vomit and diarrhea. These symptoms
may resolve before the onset of anemia and the kidney failure symptoms of HUS.
The anemia and uremia usually present with weakness, lethargy, and
sleepiness. Purpura or small areas of bleeding in the skin may be seen because of
low platelet counts.