Things You Should Know About Lupus and Lupus Nephritis
Lupus, also called SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), is an autoimmune disease. It affects several parts of the body and causes various problems. Lupus Nephritis (LN) is one of them.
Lupus affects joints, bones, skin, blood and kidneys. Lupus Nephritis appears as the disease influence one’s kidneys. Due to the pernicious of the disease, immediate treatment and measures should be adopted. If left untreated, SLE could lead to serious consequences; Kidney Failure is one of the most serious complications, which is fatal.
How is Lupus Nephritis occurring?
LN occurs because of the SLE antibodies deposit in the kidneys, and then inflammation develops accordingly. Statistics reveals that 30-50% of the patients with SLE will develop LN from the first half year to three years after diagnosis, which means SLE affecting healthy kidneys in a progressive development.
Patients with SLE may wonder that how would I know if I have Lupus Nephritis. You can tell by its featured characters, they are:
Foamy urine, which indicates the protein leaks from your kidneys into the urine
Swelling, it can develop in your legs, eyelids, feet or arms.
Blood in urine, kind of red blood cells leakage
Elevated serum creatinine, signals that your kidneys have been impaired
High blood pressure, also the sign of impaired kidneys
Other symptoms are fatigue, butterfly rush, stroke and so on.
Once you develop SLE, your doctor probably will recommend you to run some tests to evaluate your kidney function and to tell if your kidneys are involved. As I just mentioned before, Kidney Failure induced by SLE is pretty pernicious and thus requires timely treatment. Otherwise, death would occur. People can’t live without dialysis or even kidney transplantation after lupus progresses to ESRD. Still get questions for the disease? Don’t hesitate to ask our on line doctor for FREE and professional advice!
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