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Plasma exchange therapy may help treat haemolytic uraemic syndrome

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Plasma exchange therapy could be crucial for treating diarrhoea-associated haemolytic uraemic syndrome – a common complication in this summer’s Escherichia coli outbreak in Europe – say Danish researchers.

They assessed daily plasma exchange treatment in five patients, aged 44 to 70 years, and found it removed the syndrome’s symptoms such as low platelet count and low blood filtration rate through the kidneys.

“Early plasma exchange might ameliorate the course of diarrhoea-associated haemolytic uraemic syndrome,” they said online in The Lancet.

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