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What is hemolytic-uremic syndrome?

Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) is an uncommon condition in which toxins are released in your blood, destroying red blood cells. The toxins are caused by a digestive tract infection. The infection is often caused by ingestion of bacteria, most commonly E. coli, but it has also been linked to salmonella and shigella. HUS rarely results from an infection outside the digestive tract. HUS does affect adults but is found most often in children and is the primary cause of failing kidneys in pediatric patients.

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