Outcome and prognostic determinants in the hemolytic uremic syndrome of children.
ABSTRACT The late outcome in 89 children with the hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) observed from 1971 to 1988 was analyzed up to 17 years after onset in relationship to various clinical and pathologic features at the onset of the disease. In the first 3 months after onset (acute phase) 69% of all children needed dialysis therapy. Fifteen children died, 9 during the acute phase and 6 subsequently. All surviving patients except 7 were reexamined and divided into five prognostic categories: recovery, residual renal symptoms with normal kidney function, moderate renal insufficiency, preterminal chronic renal failure (CRF) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The rate of recovery calculated by the life table method increased from 35% after 10 years in 1971-1979 to 68% in 1980-1988 (p < 0.001); it was lower in infants than in older children (44 vs. 63%; nonsignificant). Children with atypical HUS experienced more often preterminal CRF, ESRD or death than those with a typical (postenteropathic) form (33 vs. 17%; p < 0.05). If oliguria lasted < 7 days, 74% of patients recovered after 10 years versus 13% in the case of oliguria > 14 days or anuria > 7 days (p < 0.0005). The rate of recovery was also significantly smaller with the duration of dialysis treatment > 7 days, central nervous system involvement and requirement for antihypertensive therapy. In the entire series 7 patients developed preterminal CRF and 5 ESRD. Of 27 cases serially followed for 5-10 years after onset, a stable course was noted in 16, a subsequent improvement in 8 and deterioration in 3 leading to ESRD in 2.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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ABSTRACT: Many factors have been proposed as predictors of poor renal prognosis in children with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), but their role is still controversial. Our aim was to detect the most reliable early predictors of poor renal prognosis to promptly identify children at major risk of bad outcome who could eventually benefit from early specific treatments, such as plasmapheresis. Prognostic factors identifiable at onset of HUS were evaluated by survival analysis and a proportional hazard model. These included age at onset, prodromal diarrhea (D), leukocyte count, central nervous system (CNS) involvement, and evidence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection. Three hundred and eighty-seven HUS cases were reported; 276 were investigated for STEC infection and 189 (68%) proved positive. Age at onset, leukocyte count, and CNS involvement were not associated with the time to recovery. Absence of prodromal D and lack of evidence of STEC infection were independently associated with a poor renal prognosis; only 34% of patients D(-)STEC(- )recovered normal renal function compared with 65%-76% of D(+)STEC(+), D(+)STEC(-) and D(-)STEC(+ )patients. In conclusion, absence of both D and evidence of STEC infection are needed to identify patients with HUS and worst prognosis, while D(-) but STEC(+) patients have a significantly better prognosis.Pediatric Nephrology 01/2004; 18(12):1229-35. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The objectives of this study were (a) to describe and estimate the frequency of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in rural and urban populations in two regions of Buenos Aires Province, and (b) to compare the presentation and distribution of factors hypothetically associated with HUS. A total of 82 HUS cases, recorded during the years 2005-2010 in rural and urban areas of the south-central region of Buenos Aires Province, were clinically and epidemiologically characterized. Statistical data analysis included Chi square or Fisher test and median test. The incidence rate of HUS was significantly higher in the rural population, being 12.7 cases per 100 000 (CI 0-23.5) in rural inhabitants vs. 7.1 cases per 100 000 (CI 0-9.5) in urban inhabitants. The median age of the patients was 27 months (5-139 months), significantly lower in children from the rural area. This could be explained by a more frequent contact with bovine feces, the consumption of raw milk and a higher proportion of relatives who work in risk labors found in the rural population. Although HUS is often associated with the consumption of undercooked minced meat, most of the children cases here included did not present this antecedent. Clinical manifestations were similar in both subpopulations. One-third of urban patients had received antibiotics prior to HUS development.Medicina 01/2013; 73(2):127-35. · 0.42 Impact Factor