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Protein in Urine in Lupus Nephritis

2013-06-28 11:07

Protein in urine can be seen in some cases of lupus nephritis in clinic.It is a significant accelerator of renal function deterioration.How to treat protein in urine effectively?

Lupus Nephritis

Lupus nephritis is an inflammation of the kidney caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE),a disease of the immune system.Apart from the kidneys,SLE can damage multiple other organs and body systems, such as, skin, joints, nervous system etc.

Protein in urine in Lupus Nephritis

In normal condition,there is only trace of protein in urine.When there is abnormally high amounts of protein in urine,it is an abnormal condition. How does protein in urine occur in lupus nephritis?

Kidneys can filter waste products from blood while retaining components your body needs-including proteins.However,in lupus nephritis,the inflammation of kidney tissues can impair kidneys,thus allowing proteins to pass through the filters, causing protein in urine.When there is heavy protein in urine, the patients will always experience swelling in legs, ankles and other body parts.

Treatment for protein in urine in lupus nephritis

Some blood pressure medicines,like ACE inhibitors and ARBs,may help protect your kidneys.These medicines not only can lower high blood pressure,but also can help lower protein in urine.These medicines may be prescribed even if your blood pressure is not high.

Changes in diet are very important.The patients with lupus nephritis and protein in urine should cut down proteins in their diet.Also,the salt intake should be reduced, which can help prevent and lower high blood pressure.

Immunosuppressive drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs can suppress the abnormal immune response and stop the abnormal inflammatory response in kidneys. Therefore, it can relieve the protein in urine temporarily, but can not prevent its flare.

Alternative treatment for protein in urine in lupus nephritis

To treat protein in urine in lupus nephritis fundamentally,the key treatment goal is to restore the impaired filters in kidneys. When the kidneys can work well, they will be able to retain protein in body. If so, protein in urine will be treated completely. Immunotherapy can help the patients achieve the above goal. Email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com  to learn more about the therapy.

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