Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Texas Food Poisoning and Contamination Injury Attorneys

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome is a very serious condition often caused by food poisoning. The most commonly associated food contamination pathogens with hemolytic uremic syndrome include E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli 026.  When an individual contracts E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli 026, hemolytic uremic syndrome is a commonly associated complication.

According to the National Institute of Health, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is, “a disorder that usually occurs when an infection in the digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells, causing kidney injury.” The National Institute of Health further explains:

Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) often occurs after a gastrointestinal infection with E. coli bacteria (Escherichia coli O157:H7). However, the condition has also been linked to other gastrointestinal infections, including shigella and salmonella, as well as non-gastrointestinal infections.  HUS is most common in children. It is the most common cause of acute kidney failure in children. Several large outbreaks in 1992 and 1993 were linked to undercooked hamburger meat contaminated with E. coli.  Other risk factors for HUS are unknown, although some cases are due to a familial form of the disease. HUS may occur with a variety of other diseases and infections, and after taking certain medications such as Mitomycin C or Ticlopidine.

The symptoms of HUS typically begin with vomiting, fever, and diarrhea (sometimes bloody). Symptoms can become progressively worse, especially in children and the elderly.  HUS can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness and jaundice.  The treatment of HUS can range from simple medication and treatment to blood transfusions.  In some cases, lifelong dialysis is required to account for the kidney damage caused by HUS.

The Texas Food Poisoning and Contamination Attorneys at Hill Law Firm are experienced in handling food poisoning cases and are here to help those afflicted by hemolytic uremic syndrome as a result of eating contaminated food.  If you have been diagnosed with a food borne pathogen that led to hemolytic uremic syndrome, contact the Houston and San Antonio Texas Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Food Poisoning Attorneys at Hill Law Firm today to protect your rights.