What causes HUS in bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Damage to the vascular endothelial cells by verotoxin causes HUS. Thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and acute renal failure are characteristic of HUS. Symptoms usually develop 1 week after the onset of diarrhea, when organisms may be absent.


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