Author Archives: Brian Murphy, Ph.D.

Talking to Your Employer About aHUS

If you have atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and are working, you may want to consider speaking with your employer about your disease. Here are some things to help you decide what is best for you to do. What is aHUS? aHUS is characterized by low levels of circulating…

Importance of Advocacy for aHUS

Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare disease that is sometimes hard to diagnose. Health advocacy works to raise awareness about aHUS,  helping to ensure patients are given a faster and accurate diagnosis, treatment options, and ultimately, better medical care. Here is information about advocacy and organizations that advocate…

aHUS and Cancer

People with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) usually have a genetic predisposition for disorders of the complement system. However, aHUS usually develops only following a triggering factor such as an infection, pregnancy, certain medications, or cancer. Following is more information about the relationship between aHUS and…

Treatment Team of Specialists for aHUS

Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) primarily affects the kidneys but it can also affect numerous other organs in the body — what doctors sometimes call extra-renal manifestations. To better diagnose and treat these symptoms, a multidisciplinary team of specialists may be necessary. If you’ve been diagnosed with aHUS, here…

Paramedical Services for aHUS

Patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and their family members may benefit from paramedical services — those offered by therapists, dieticians, and social workers, among others. Here is further information on paramedical services and a listing of some which may be of help. What are paramedical services? Paramedical…

aHUS in Children

Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) can occur during childhood and at any time thereafter. Here is more information about how aHUS may affect children. What is aHUS? aHUS is a chronic disease where small blood clots form in multiple organs of the body, especially in the kidneys. The blood clots…

5 Main Symptoms of aHUS

In atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), an overactive immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of blood vessels. This triggers inflammation and leads to the formation of blood clots, especially in the small blood vessels. The blood clots can damage various organs, especially the kidneys, and cause red blood cells to…

aHUS and School

A rare chronic illness such as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) can make going to school more stressful and difficult for your child, and for you as a parent. Here are some tips that can help your child with aHUS succeed in school. How can aHUS affect schooling? Symptoms of…