Glomerulonephritis

Glomerulonephritis

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What is glomerulonephritis?

Glomerulonephritis is a type of glomerular kidney disease in which the kidneys' filters (glomeruli composed of tiny blood vessels) become inflamed and scarred, and slowly lose their ability to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood to make urine. Types of glomerulonephritis include kidney disease of diabetes, IgA nephropathy, and lupus nephritis.

What are the symptoms of glomerulonephritis?

The kidneys can be severely damaged before any symptoms appear. The following are the most common symptoms of glomerulonephritis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of glomerulonephritis may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

How is glomerulonephritis diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for glomerulonephritis may include the following:

What is the treatment for glomerulonephritis?

Specific treatment for glomerulonephritis will be determined by your doctor based on:

Unfortunately, even with today's medicine, kidney disease cannot be cured. Therefore, treatments focus on slowing the progression of the disease and preventing complications. Treatment may include:

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