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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-50

Postpartum hemolytic uremic syndrome: A case report and review of the literature

Department of Oncology, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences/National Guard Health Affairs KSAU-HS/NGHA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ghuzayel Al Dawsari
MD Consultant Adult Hematology, Assistant Professor Department of Oncology, KSAU-HS/NGHA P.O. Box 22490 Riyadh 11426
Saudi Arabia
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Postpartum hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a well-documented rare complication after pregnancy with various triggering factors. We present the case of a 22-year-old Saudi female admitted in labor at 39 weeks of gestation with mild preeclampsia and a probable intrauterine fetal death. The patient underwent spontaneous vaginal delivery and was found to have abruptio placenta. Within 48 hours, she developed microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute renal failure. Plasma exchange using fresh frozen plasma was initiated immediately, and she recovered completely after 11 sessions[Author4]. This manuscript describes the details of this case in addition to a literature review of the reported cases of postpartum HUS.

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