Jefferson University Hospitals

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a disease that destroys red blood cells. It is the most common cause of sudden, short-term (acute) kidney failure in children. Although HUS can cause serious complications and can even be life-threatening, most children who develop HUS recover without permanent damage to their health.

If your child is diagnosed with HUS, hematologists, nephrologists and urologists at Jefferson can give a thorough evaluation of your child to determine the best course of treatment to manage HUS. This may include transfusions of red blood cells and platelets and kidney dialysis to filter waste from the blood. Our medical team will guide you through all the treatment options to determine what course of treatment is best for your child.