Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a disorder that happens when an infection in your digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells. It is a disease characterized by blood clotting within your capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in your body.
Red blood cells are sheared apart and broken as they pass through your clogged capillaries. This is called hemolysis and is responsible for the first part of the syndrome's name. The other half of the syndrome's name refers to kidney failure in which urea and other waste products build up in your bloodstream because your kidneys cannot filter and dispose of them.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a serious but uncommon condition that can cause life-threatening kidney failure. This is especially true for children and older adults.
In children, most cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome develop after several days of diarrhea that is often bloody. This is due to infection with a specific strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) known as O157:H7. Adults also may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome after an E. coli infection, but more often the cause is uncertain or even unknown.
There are several different effects that you may experience with hemolytic uremic syndrome. Some of these are:
Pale skin color
Yellowish skin color (jaundice)
Skin rash that looks like tiny red spots (petechiae)
Decrease in urination
Blood in your stools
Diarrhea and vomiting
Fatigue, weakness, lethargy and irritability
Swelling in your hands, feet, face or all over your body
Unexplained, small bleeding or bruises from your mouth and nose
Low urine output
No urine output
Sometimes, you may have neurological effects like seizures.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome and/or complications resulting from this disease can cause you to be disabled. This may be the case for you or a loved one.
As a result, you or your loved one may need help. You may need financial assistance.
Have you or your loved one applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by hemolytic uremic syndrome? Were you or your loved one denied?
You or your loved one may be thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do, you need to think about this.
You or your loved one will need a disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com to assist and advise you in what can be a long and trying process. The reason for this being true is because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.