Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) often causes central nervous system damage, specifically acute uremic encephalopathy, which can cause:

  • acidosis (too much acid in the body);
  • hyponatremia (abnormally low sodium);
  • hyperkalemia (high potassium);
  • hypocalcemia (low serum calcium);
  • hypermagnesemia (too much magnesium);
  • overhydration;
  • dehydration.

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E. coli Bacteria
Under a magnification of 6836x, this colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted a number of Gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria of the strain O157:H7.

A young boy eats a sandwich at a restaurant, and five days later he has severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which turns bloody. He becomes lethargic and then his parents notice he is barely urinating. Something is wrong. They bring him to the hospital, where he is tentatively diagnosed with E. coli-HUS and kidney failure. He has seizures and is slipping in and out of consciousness. He is fighting for his life.

The state health department finds out others have been sickened with similar symptoms after eating at the same restaurant location. Further investigation finds that tainted lettuce served at the restaurant was the source of the illnesses.

This is one child’s story. Our young clients and their families suffer immeasurable harm because companies sell unsafe food, putting profits before consumer safety.

Has your little one eaten poisoned food? Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team® can help.  You can click here now if you want a free consultation. Many of our clients have suffered central nervous system injuries, and it has been our privilege to serve them by helping them obtain compensation from corporate wrongdoers.

Sources of Information

  1. Theobald, I., et al. “Central nervous system involvement in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)–a retrospective analysis of cerebral CT and MRI studies.” Clinical nephrology 56.6 (2001): S3-8.
  2. Rooney, J. C., R. McD Anderson, and I. J. Hopkins. “Clinical and pathological aspects of central nervous system involvement in the haemolytic uraemic syndrome.” Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 7.1 (1971): 28-33.
  3. Signorini, E., et al. “Central nervous system involvement in a child with hemolytic uremic syndrome.” Pediatric Nephrology 14.10-11 (2000): 990-992.