Friday, April 18, 2014

Hemolytic uremic syndrome mnemonic

Hey everyone!
This is not exactly a mnemonic but it puts together the syndrome quite well.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome mnemonic
Scarce platelets
Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) due to sticking of platelets on the damaged blood vessels.

Scarred RBCs - You wanna know how I got these scars?
The little platelets stuck on the endothelial cells damage and fragment the red blood cells.
I like to think of em as scars from moving in the damaged small blood vessels.
So scarred RBC's in the mnemonic stand for the helmet shaped red blood cells called schistocytes.

HUS tells you the organisms that cause it as well -
H for eHec
U flipped around becomes C for Campylobacter
S for Shigella

That's all!

Here are some flashcards -

Two causes of MAHA
Cause of HUS

Forgot to include Shigella and Campylobacter
Cause of TTP
Clinical findings in HUS and TTP

Difference between HUS and TTP


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