Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
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- familial hemolytic-uremic syndrome
- hereditary hemolytic-uremic syndrome
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is an extremely rare disease characterized by hemolytic anemia, low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) and acute renal failure. It is a distinctly different illness from hemolytic uremic syndrome caused by particular strains of the bacterium E.coli producing Shiga toxins, most frequently the 0157:H7 strain (Stx HUS). While Stx HUS typically is preceded by a gastroenteritis and is associated with infection by Shiga toxin producing-E.coli, there is substantial evidence that aHUS is a genetic disorder.
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome may become a chronic condition, and patients with aHUS may experience repeated attacks of the disorder. When children with Stx HUS recover from the life-threatening initial episode, they are likely to respond well to supportive treatment and to make a good recovery. Children with aHUS are much more likely to develop chronic serious complications such as kidney failure and severe high blood pressure.
American Kidney Fund, Inc.
11921 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS
c/o Bill Biermann
7018 Forest Oak Drive
Barnhart, MO 63012
Internet: http://www.atypicalhus.net/ or http://www.atypicalhus.org
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126