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Authors

  1. Black, Emily R.

ABSTRACT

Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a complex disease that impacts multiple body systems. Knowledge gained from cases has increased understanding of etiologic factors, presenting symptoms, diagnostic laboratory findings, and the disease process. In rare cases, severe neurological symptoms are evident. This 20-year-old woman presented with bloody diarrhea that progressed quickly to respiratory distress requiring intubation and to the development of status epilepticus, controlled only by a barbiturate coma. Ongoing nursing care in the critical care unit was vital in preventing complications and promoting a positive outcome.