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Korean J Gastrointest Endosc. 2002 Oct;25(4):213-216. Korean. Case Report.
Cho YH , Park HJ , Song KS , Song YG , Lee SI , Park IS .
Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. HJPARK21@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
Abstract

Since 1982, many countries have reported outbreaks or sporadic cases by enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (E. coli) serogroup strains, mainly E. coli O157 : H7. Hemorrhagic E. coli induces hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in 10 to 15% of cases in infants and young chilidren. HUS is a clinical syndrome of hemolytic anemia, acute renal failure, and thrombocytopenia. We experienced a case of E. coli O8 as the causative organism of hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome in 16 year-old man. Hemorrhagic colitis was diagnosed by the sigmoidoscopy and E. coli O8 was identified in the stool culture. Hemolytic uremic syndrome was clinically diagnosed. A conservative management including total parenteral nutrition, plasma exchange transfusion, hemodialysis and continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration with dialysis resulted in a complete recovery of the patient. We herein report this manifestations of E. coli O8 and discuss the therapeutic issues related to hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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