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How many people are suffering from IgA nephropathy disease in Canada? (%) Thank you for your time. :)

How many people are suffering from IgA nephropathy disease in Canada? (%) Thank you for your time. :)

Hard to tell: There are some incidence reports for several countries, but didn't see a report for Canada. Canada may be in the low end of the range of about 15-40 new cases per million people per year. That would be ~525 new cases per year, for Canada's 35 million people. The prevalence number is the number of total living patients with it, not just the annual new cases (Ministry of Health may know the number). ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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I've had IgA nephropathy, are there methods to self-medicate, and is this disease serious or really incurable?

I've had IgA nephropathy, are there methods to self-medicate, and is this disease serious or really incurable?

Fishoil, fishoil: So far no other options to self medicate. It is usually incurable. Some people do better spontaneously or with fishoil. Others do worse and may need dialysis in the future and/or transplant. People tend to ignore f/u since there is no proven treatment. F/u will save you bad surprises also new treatments may develop.Blood pressure is ideal. Aggressive salt restriction under 2000mg/day if high bp. ...Read more

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What are IgA nephropathy or thin basement membrane disease?

What are IgA nephropathy or thin basement membrane disease?

IgA: Primary IgA nephropathy is the most common glomerulitis in the us. Most cases follow a slow path to renal compromise but many are more benign. Iga deposits are oalso seen secodnay to lupus, othe connective tissue disease, ankylosing spondylitis, henoch schonlein disease. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy ?

My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy ?

Confusing question: Although some strep strains can cause kidney problems, early treatment usually avoids them. If the kid has a pre-existing kidney problem, the need for a biopsy is best determined by the docs who know him best. A recent strep infection would not require such an invasive procedure, but a significant change in kidney function might. ...Read more

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What are major symptoms of IgA nephropathy?

What are major symptoms of IgA nephropathy?

Blood in the urine: Iga nephropathy usually does not present with any noticable symptoms. However when you see your doctor, the doctor may notice blood in your urine. Also the doctor may notice protein in your urine. In some occassions, you may develop swelling in your feet. ...Read more

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Is a biopsy necessary for IgA nephropathy?

IgA Nephropathy: Urine and blood tests can be done but the only way for your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of IgA nephropathy is with a kidney biopsy. ...Read more

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Is IGA Nephropathy genetic/hereditary?

Is IGA Nephropathy genetic/hereditary?

IgA neph: Data have shown a genetic clustering for IgA nephropathy - however its genetic nature is not certain - ...Read more

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What is the treatment for proteinuria in IgA nephropathy?

What is the treatment for proteinuria in IgA nephropathy?

Proteinuria IgAN: Good question. Conventional approach is to commence an ACE Inhibitor and then titrate the dose upward slowly while measuring urine protein. Goal is to reduce proteinuria by at least 50%. Your BP program may require modification. Prednisone is also occasionally used for a flare of IgAN. ...Read more

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What diet one should take if IgA nephropathy ?

What diet one should take if IgA nephropathy ?

Low-protein & salt: Nephropathy, kidney disease, regardless of cause, generally dictates a diet lower in protein and in sodium (table salt). The degree of restriction depends on the degree of current kidney compromise, the expectation of future damage, & the presence of other contributory risk factors like diabetes or hypertension. ...Read more

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How would one go about getting IgA nephropathy?

How would one go about getting IgA nephropathy?

Sussceptibility: Iga nephropathy is a one of the most common glomerulonephritis ie a type of kidney disease in the world.The cause is not completely clear.Its a form of immunoglobulin ie a protein normally made in all of us, which gets deposited in the filter of the kidney, ie glomerulus and causes damage as it is slightly altered in those individuals. ...Read more

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