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5 Frequently Asked Questions in IgA Nephropathy


2012-09-28 18:36

IgA nephropathy refers to inflammation of the filtering units in kidneys due to IgA deposition in kidneys. The following are the frequently asked questions by the patients with IgA nephropathy and these can helo you understand the disease better.

Symptoms of IgA nephropathy

In most cases, there are no symptoms. However, if the glomeruli is damaged, some blood will appear in the urine. Microscopic hematuria is more common then gross hematuria. Usually, the blood in urine appear intermittently. Proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome and high blood pressure may also be seen in some cases.

Causes of IgA nephropathy

IgA nephropathy is an immune disorder. IgA is a kind of antibody to fight off infection. However, in some cases, the immune system is activated improperly and IgA loses its normal function. As IgA travels around in the blood and passes through in the kidney, it get deposited in glomeruli.

Complications of IgA nephropathy

* High blood pressure is a result of IgA nephropathy. This can put more strain on kidneys and accelerate renal function deterioration.

* There may be protein leakage from the kidneys causing proteinuria. Usually, the protein in urine is less than 1 g. In some cases, there are high levels of protein leakage leading to swelling and high levels of cholesterol in blood.

Can IgA nephropathy affect my normal life?

Usually, the patients with IgA nephropathy can live a normal life. However, it is necessary for them to develop healthy life style and take periodic physical exercise and and keep a kidney friendly diet. IgA nephropathy usually does not pass down to children so the patients need not worry about passing it on to the children.

Is the any treatment for IgA nephropathy?

IgA nephropathy is not an easy condition to treat. Routinely, the treatment aims at controlling its symptoms like high blood pressure, proteinuria and hematuria.

Now the patients have more treatment options including immunotherapy and Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and blood purification. These therapies can eliminate the IgA deposition from kidneys and correct immune system as well as improve renal function. In this way, IgA nephropathy can be controlled completely.



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