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Hematuria And Protein in Urine in Lupus

2013-06-07 14:18

Lupus is an autoimmune disease because the immune system,which originally protects the body against disease,attacks organs and tissues in body by mistake.The symptoms of lupus vary from individual to individual and these symptoms include joint pain, hair loss, tiredness, nerve and kidney involvement.Hematuria and protein in urine may indicate kidney problem in lupus.

Kidney damage from lupus can be mild or severe.It can cause damage to filtering units (glomeruli) of the kidney.These filtering units can clear your blood of wastes to keep your blood clean.Meanwhile, they can sustain the useful substances in body including proteins, red blood cells, certain minerals etc.

However, damage to filters can make your kidneys to work poorly or not at all. As a result, a large amount of proteins and red blood cells will leak into urine, resulting in hematuria and protein in urine. About 90% of lupus patients will have some kidney damage, but only two to three percent actually develop kidney disease serious enough to require treatment.

The kidney disease may be silent and not cause any symptom. However, you may have dark urine, flank pain, high blood pressure, weight gain from extra fluid and swelling around your eyes and in your hands and feet.

If you can find kidney problem in lupus early enough, you will be able to revere the damage. Protein in urine or hematuria is the first sign of kidney damage in lupus. As the kidney problem progresses, the kidneys will fail to remove urea and creatinine in your blood, thus resulting in high levels of creatinine and creatinine in your blood. You can consult us on line to know if they have kidney involvement.

As kidney problem usually occurs within the several years of the onset of lupus, the patients should have periodic checkups. Meanwhile, relapse of lupus may worsen the associated conditions. The patients should try their best to avoid the triggering factors like sun exposure.

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