Treatment of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: Long Term Care and Dialysis Possible
Most cases of E. coli infection result in abdominal cramps and pain and other disorders that can be treatment without long term care or hospitalization. In some severe cases, such E. coli exposure can lead to more serious conditions, such as several days of severe diarrhea and eventually, hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome causes the premature destruction of otherwise healthy red blood cells, which then begin to clog the filtering system in the kidneys. This can eventually cause life-threatening renal failure. While getting appropriate treatment leads to a full recovery for most people, HUS is still a serious condition, and the necessary treatment can be pretty intensive.
The symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, may include a low-grade fever, pale skin, abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, excessive fatigue and irritability, small unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, swelling of the face, hands, or even the entire body, or seizures. It is advised that anyone who experiences the above symptoms after several days of diarrhea, or if you or your child doesn’t urinate for 12 hours or more see a doctor immediately.
Treatment for HUS requires hospitalization and intense medical care. Lost fluid and electrolytes need to be carefully replaced. Red blood cell transfusions may be needed to reverse the signs and symptoms of cell loss. To alleviate such symptoms as bleeding or easily bruising, platelet transfusions may be necessary to help your blood clot more normally. In some very difficult cases, it may become necessary for doctors to perform a plasmapheresis, in which a machine is used to clear the blood of its own plasma and replace it with fresh or frozen donor plasma. And in some extreme HUS cases, kidney dialysis may be necessary to filter waste and excess fluid from the blood. In most cases, dialysis is usually a temporary treatment until the kidneys begin functioning adequately again, but if the kidney damage is severe enough, long-term dialysis or possibly even a kidney transplant may be required. All in all, HUS can lead to long periods of time in a hospital, and result in extremely costly medical procedures.
If food poisoning has led to a case of hemolytic uremic syndrome for either you, a family member, or a loved one, you should be aware of your legal rights and remedies so that you can protect them. The Houston and San Antonio Texas Food Poisoning Attorneys at Hill Law Firm have experience handling major food poisoning lawsuits and outbreaks all over the nation. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by food contamination or food poisoning, please call the Texas Food Poisoning HUS Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.