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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-106

Failure To Isolate Verotoxin Producing Escherichia Coli From Patients Of Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome

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K Kishore

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Haemolytic Uremic syndrome which is characterized by the triad of acute renal failure, thrombocytopenia and haemolytic anemia following a diarrhoeal episode has been reported from all parts of India. We investigated 28 HUS patients and 25 healthy age and sex matched controls in order to determine whether verocytotoxin producing Escherichia coli infection precipitated the syndrome in India. We were unable to isolate any verocytotoxin producing E. coli from our patients or controls. The possible reason could be the delay between the start of symptoms and sample collection, by which time the BTEC bacteria as well as Verotoxin would have been cleared. Serology for detection of anti lip polysaccharide antibodies may be of use in these cases.


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