Diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)

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Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a disease that affects the kidneys and other organs. This page explains what HUS is, how it affects your child, and what to expect during treatment.

Key points

  • HUS is an illness caused by infection that most often affects the kidneys.
  • The infection can be spread to others, so a child with HUS may be isolated while they are treated.
  • Treatment may include a special diet and dialysis, a mechanical process that cleans the blood.
  • Most children recover completely from HUS once they get treatment.
Last updated: December 29th 2009