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.
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.
The kidney. Lupus nephritis is a term for kidney involvement by SLE (Lupus). There are different type of kidney involvement which we call glomerulonephritis. A kidney biopsy will define the kidney diagnosis and this will decide the type of therapy that is best. The treatment will also be influenced by what the other manifestations of the lupus there are. A rheumatologist will guide therapy with your MD.
Autoimmune, systemic. Lupus can affect any part of the body. Common symptoms - joint pains, facial rash, photosensitivity, mouth ulcers, hair loss. Organ involvement usually kidney, brain, heart can occur.
Many. SLE is an autoimmune disorder and can effect many systems. Skin and hair, kidneys, blood, joints, lining of heart and lung, brain to name a few. Not all patients have every organ involvement.
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.
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.
Varied presentations. Lupus nephritis can present in various ways- normal kidney function with protein/blood cells in urine to severe kidney failure. Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to complete recovery of kidney function. Even if diagnosed late, it can still be treated. Current treatment strategies have improved prognosis and mortality is low.
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.
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.
Autoimmune, systemic. Lupus can affect any part of the body. Common symptoms - joint pains, facial rash, photosensitivity, mouth ulcers, hair loss. Organ involvement usually kidney, brain. Nephritis means kidney inflammation-if kidney function is low, it can causes retention of water in the body and electrolyte derangements.
Probably yes. There is no reason why Lisinopril cannot be used to treat high blood pressure in patients diagnosed with lupus nephritis. In fact, it may be the drug of choice in lupus patients who are also spilling protein in their urine. It may be need to be used with some caution in those patients with more advanced cases of lupus-related kidney disease as it may contribute to high levels of potassium.
Not sure. Why you think you have lupus nephritis if you do not have lupus. Lab tests and urine evaluation can lead to the diagnosis of lupus nephritis.