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Nephrologists Specializing In Lupus Nephritis
Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
My sister, aged 48 was diagnosed lupus nephritis, ANA ve in nov 2009 , as on date no significant sle related symptoms, is it mis-diagnosis?Sug tests?
Kidney biopsy. : Abnormal blood or protein in urine and other blood tests can suggest lupus nephritis even if there are no other "extra-renal" symptoms of lupus. Only a kidney biopsy can definitively diagnose or rule out lupus nephritis. Your sister should discuss these questions with her nephrologist. ...Read more
Lupus nephritis: Lupus nephritis affects only the kidney, that's why it is called nephritis. Lupus can affect other parts of the body apart from the kidneys. For a more detailed answer go to this link: http://www.Lupusnsw.Org.Au/lupus/signs-and-symptoms-of-lupus/57-how-does-lupus-affect-the-body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on grade: The severity of lupus nephritis can vary from something benign requiring no specific treatment and severe damage that can lead to kidney failure. Although blood tests can sometimes provide clues as to the severity of the disease, often times a kidney biopsy needs to be performed to better provide diagnosis and prognosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not dierectly: Any form of nephritis (meaning kidney inflammation) can lead to kidney failure which is usually not fatal since there are different forms of kidney replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation). It would obviously be best to not reach this point and therefore prompt diagnosis and treatment would be recommended. ...Read more
Depends on biopsy: There are different grades of lupus nephritis based on the kidney biopsy. The more benign grades don't necessarily warrant any treatment but will needclose follow-up. The more severe forms (grade 4) require aggressive treatment with drugs to suppress the immune system since they may lead to kidney failure if left unchecked. If present, patients will also be treated for high blood pressure. ...Read more
No specific diet: To my knowledge there is no specific diet recommended that can help the course of lupus nephritis. However, most people with kidney damage are placed on certain dietary restrictions such as salt, potassium and fluid intake. Much of this depends on the degree of kidney damage involved. ...Read more
The kidney: Lupus nephritis by definition is the kidney and this is the system affected. However, SLE rarely just affects the kidney alone and other systems including skin, joints, heart, lungs, nervous system, an also be affected by lupus. Lupus nephritis requires major treatment by a specialist. ...Read more
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