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Using antibiotics in suspected haemolytic-uraemic syndrome

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7501.1209-a (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1209

Authors' reply

  1. Bob Phillips ([email protected]), specialist registrar in paediatrics,
  2. Kay Tyerman, consultant paediatric nephrologist,
  3. Simon M Whiteley, consultant paediatric intensivist
  1. Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, St James's Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF
  2. Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, St James's Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    EDITOR—Nowhere did we advocate the use of antibiotics in the treatment of confirmed haemolytic-uraemic syndrome associated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection. We are disappointed if readers have perceived this and welcome the opportunity to clarify this important message.

    We agree with Dundas et al that most studies show either no benefit, or harm, to E coli O157:H7 …

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