What kinds of treatment helped you or your child manage hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)?
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What is the treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome?
HUS in children tends to be self-limiting, and supportive care is often all
that is needed. This may include intravenous fluids for rehydration and
rebalancing of electrolytes like sodium and potassium, which can be lost with
Blood transfusions are only used for the most severe cases of anemia in which
the hemoglobin falls below 6 or 7 g/dL (depending on age, the normal value is
may be managed expectantly (by observation and supportive
care), and dialysis is not often required.
Adults with HUS tend to become more ill and need more aggressive therapy than
children with the condition. In addition to the supportive care discussed above,
plasmapheresis or plasma exchange may be required. Since it is thought there is
an abnormal chemical in the plasma stimulating the abnormal clot formation,
removing the plasma and replacing it with donor plasma is helpful in treating
Temporary dialysis may be needed while awaiting recovery of the kidneys from