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What are the treatment options for hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

Treatment options for hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) include taking in fluids, blood transfusion, replacement of plasma, and dialysis. Your fluid level may need to be replenished if vomiting or diarrhea has affected you. Fluids may also be used to flush your system once kidney function is restored. A blood transfusion could be needed to infuse your body with healthy cells to replace the damaged red cells and platelets.

Plasma is a component of your blood that helps your blood cells circulate through your body. Due to damage and debris in the veins, your doctor may recommend a plasma transfer, in which your plasma is replaced by clean, donated plasma. Depending on how your kidneys are functioning, dialysis may be necessary to clean the body of fluid and waste build-up from decreased kidney function. A dialysis machine acts like one of your own kidneys, filtering and cleaning your blood. When HUS is caught early, full recovery without lasting damage is very likely, particularly with small children.

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