If your doctor suspects hemolytic uremic syndrome, various lab tests may be done to confirm the diagnosis.
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- Blood tests. Blood tests may reveal a low platelet count, low red blood cell count or a higher than normal level of creatinine — a breakdown product of creatine, an important part of muscle — in your blood. A blood sample can also be used to determine if your red blood cells are damaged.
- Urine test. Your doctor may also collect a urine sample to test for blood in your urine.
- Stool sample. Additionally, your doctor may take a stool sample to test for the presence of bacteria.
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