Lupus Nephritis Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Rodgers tells listeners about the treatments for lupus nephritis.
Last week, I told you about a serious kidney condition called lupus nephritis. The good news is that by recognizing the symptoms, and talking to your doctor, treatment is available.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
If you have lupus and symptoms such as high blood pressure, foamy urine, and swelling of the legs, feet, or ankles, your doctor may want to check the health of your kidneys. Lupus nephritis is diagnosed through urine and blood tests, and by looking at your kidney tissue.
Based on the results, your doctor may recommended medicine to stop inflammation of the kidneys. For some people, medicine for blood pressure may also be used to slow the progression of kidney disease. Treatment for lupus nephritis is important and can help prevent other health problems.
For more information, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.