The Atypical HUS Foundation

BCW - Genetic Testing

Important NOTE:

USA law protects Americans from discrimination in health insurance and employment with the 

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008.

NIH – National Human Genome Research Institute:  an overview and resources regarding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.

Click HERE to View our Summary of aHUS Genetic Screening Labs in America

Thanks to BCW for the information they provided below regarding their aHUS Diagnostics Program.

Physicians locally and globally seek the expertise of BloodCenter of Wisconsin in the diagnosis of patients with challenging and complex blood related diseases. BloodCenter blends medical and scientific expertise with state of the art technology to translate new scientific knowledge into clinical breakthroughs.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin is at the forefront of integrating genetics into the diagnosis and treatment of blood related disorders. In 2014, BloodCenter became one of the first laboratories to offer both complement protein studies and genetic analysis, providing a comprehensive evaluation supporting the diagnosis of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in 28 days.  Partnering with BloodCenter of Wisconsin streamlines a patient’s aHUS evaluation to one institutional provider.

At BloodCenter of Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories, we never lose sight of why our work with you is important. During the 35-year history of Diagnostic Labs, our physicians, along with our scientific directors, have remained as committed as you are to delivering the very best care for your patients. From start to finish, we are your partners every step of the way.

Diagnostic Labs provides you with direct access to the expertise of our highly experienced team of medical directors. Our physicians are readily available to: 

Click here to watch their informational video about genetic testing.

Visit the BloodCenter of Wisconsin website.

 

   

 

 

 

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IN REGARD TO MEMBERSHIP REQUESTS

To ensure proper processing of your membership, please make sure to set your email filters to accept emails, from info@atypicalhus.org.

The Atypical HUS Foundation is an all-volunteer organization. Please allow at least 72 hours for an email response confirming your membership request.  If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder or email directly to info@atypicalhus.org

Membership is open to patients, family, friends, caregivers research and medical personnel.

WELCOME - JOIN US!

The Atypical HUS Foundation encourages patients and investigators to share information and explore options/resources as we work together to gain insight into this rare complement disorder. By increasing contact opportunities with researchers and medical personnel interested in helping the aHUS community, our stories foster a better understanding of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Sharing information, inspiration and support for one another, we seek to gather together people and knowledge as we strive to improve the lives of patients and families dealing with a diagnosis of aHUS.


NEW DIAGNOSIS OF aHUS?
Be proactive! Get the medical basics of aHUS, what lab values to monitor, and areas of concern...check out the "aHUS Bootcamp" and "About aHUS" tabs at the top of this page!
If your doctor has never treated a case of aHUS, please print out our 'Doc to Doc Registry' and ask him/her to contact a physician versed in the complexities of aHUS and new options for 2011 genetic testing and treatment.

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NOTE: Our 'Send a Message" function on each Member's page allows for private discussion of personal content. As with any social network, be cautious about giving personal contact information (home email info, phone number) until you have an established relationship with another person, organization, or associated website.

 

Did you know...

CFH (Serum Complement Factor H) is a regulatory protein. The secreted protein product of CFH consists of 20 repetitive units named "short consensus repeats" or SCRs (each approximately 60 amino acids). In patients with aHUS the last 5 "pearls" in the twenty pearl strand protein, SCR16 - SCR20, should bind to protect cells but do not- they are defective in one or more of the last 5 SCR locations. If they cannot bind or stick to the kidney to protect that tissue, the platelets clump into clots that affect the glomeruli of the kidney -potentially causing acute renal failure.
  
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It is estimated that there are about 2 cases of aHUS in the U.S. per 1,000,000 of population, and about 60% of aHUS patients are diagnosed as children. The condition is potentially life threatening, and either can be chronic or can recur at intervals.
  
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Help us fight the battle

Your donation of $295.for an aHUS pearl bracelet will directly fund research to help aHUSpatient and their families. Each bracelet has an appraised value of $925, and is offered with your gift of $295. Note:  For shipping outside the USA, please add $25. to cover international shipping costs.

(Note: Bracelets do not qualify as tax deductible donations under IRS regulations.)

Normally, aHUS pearl bracelets to be made-to-order and as such expect a 4 to 6 week window before your custom bracelet is shipped.  In a rush?  Contact info@atypicalhus.org with your request and details.

 

 Donations of a specific dollar amount are welcome-every dollar will help aHUS research efforts supported by The Atypical HUS Foundation at www.atypicalhus.org.


Donations may be made via credit card or Paypal. If you prefer, checks made payable to The Atypical HUS Foundation may be mailed to:

The Atypical HUS Foundation
C/O Deborah Lewis
PO Box 333
Barnhart, MO 63012


For pearl bracelet orders, please allow extra time for processing checks. Questions about aHUS donations? Please email info@atypicalhus.org

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