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.
Yes. You cannot diagnose IgA nephropathy with certainty without a biopsy. A doctor could make a provisional diagnosis, however. Since you cannot treat IgA nephropathy effectively you may wonder what's the point to do a biopsy anyway. Usually the use of the biopsy is to rule out more treatable disease and by knowing what you have you kind of know what to expectm (prognosis).
IgA NEPH. To diagnose it - yes - once biopsied, then repeat biopsy is not necessary - the nephrologist can follow disease progress with urine and blood tests.

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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?

IGA nephropathy. Are you asking if he should have a biopsy. The answer is yes. If you asking if he be treated for a strep. The answer is yes as well. Read more...
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...

What is a good diet for IgA nephropathy patients?

Low antigen diet. Patients with IgAN have an immune problem. An Italian study by Ferri reported a marked reduction in proteinuria in IgAN patients put on a strict low-antigen diet (a diet free of foods likely to cause immune response- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8302454). Such diets are low in wheat, soy, food preservatives, and food coloring. Contact Claudio Ferri Univ L'Aquila Coppito, Italy for more info. Read more...

What diet should a patient of IgA nephropathy follow?

Low protein is wise. However, if renal function is perfectly normal and you only have moderate protein losses in urine you may not need to restrict your protein intake. Fish oil is useful for IgA nephropathy, but you will be getting this in capsules. Read more...
Tough to say exactly. In general a low salt and moderate protein restricted diet, but this is a tricky question and your case may be a little different depending upon where you are in the disease. Your treatment needs to be tailored to you by your doc who will be watching you for the next many years. Read more...

What is the life expectancy after being diagnosed with IgA nephropathy?

Not short. Iga nephropathy sometimes resolves spontaneously. Many cases have stable disease i.e. With no deterioration for long years. Severe cases however, will develop end-stage renal disease and require dialysis. They will be eligible for transplant that can be repeated if needed. Each transplant could give on the average 90%+ of 10-15 years renal graft survival. Read more...

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...
IgA Nephropathy. In the early stages, IgA nephropathy has no symptoms. This disease can be silent for years, even decades. The first sign of IgA nephropathy may be blood in the urine. The blood may appear during a cold, sore throat, or other infection. At times, blood in the urine can only be detected by a doctor or nurse using special tests. Read more...

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...

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...
Unknown. Iga nephropathy is the most common form of glomerulonephritis in chidren, yet the cause is still elusive. Read more...

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...

Can homeopathy cure IgA nephropathy?

IGA nephropathy. Conventional medicine has symptomatic, supportive treatments for IgA nephropathy only -- no cure. Homeopathy does not treat specific pathologic diseases, but does treat the individuals who have them. A well-trained classical homeopath can take your case thoroughly and prescribe an individual homeopathic medicine that stimulates your own restorative system as needed. http://homeopathyusa.org. Read more...