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Streptococcus pneumoniae-induced haemolytic uraemic syndrome.

Authors
  • McTaggart, S J
  • Burke, J R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of paediatrics and child health
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1998
Volume
34
Issue
2
Pages
192–195
Identifiers
PMID: 9588648
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Haemolytic uraemic syndrome secondary to infection with neuraminidase producing Streptococcus pneumoniae is well recognised, but was previously considered to be rare. This case report describes the course of a 9-month-old male with pneumococcal pneumonia, T activation and haemolytic uraemic syndrome. The clinical features of three other cases treated in Southeast Queensland in the past 2 years and 12 previously reported cases are summarised. The widespread availability of rapid diagnostic testing for this entity should allow for increased recognition, enabling appropriate use of low plasma volume blood products with improved patient outcome.

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