E. coli Symptoms and Complications
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Symptoms of E.coli O157:H7 infection include severe abdominal cramps and watery diarrhea. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all. There is usually little or no fever. Symptoms usually resolve in 5-10 days. Complications of E. coli O157:H7 infection may include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a serious medical condition that may occur in about 2%-7% of cases. HUS is characterized by destruction of red blood cells, damage to the lining of blood vessel walls, and in severe cases, kidney failure. Blood transfusions and kidney dialysis are often required. Children and the elderly are at greatest risk for developing HUS. HUS is the principal cause of acute kidney failure in children in the United States. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is a clinical syndrome characterized by low blood platelet counts, anemia, and kidney failure. Doctors may refer to adult HUS as TTP due to similar clinical features. To learn more about E.coli foodborne illness, please visit the website foodpoisoning.com. Free Case Evaluation If you or a family member has suffered from E. coli food poisoning, and you have a question about your legal rights, you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by clicking on free case evaluation. You may also contact us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.