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Nephritis:Causes,Symptoms,Prognosis And Treatment

2013-05-04 10:13

Nephritis refers to inflammation of one or both kidneys.This article will give you a general introduction about this disease:causes,symptoms,prognosis and treatment.

Nephritis causes

There is a variety of causes of nephritis.Post-glomerulonephritis is caused by infection.It is an immunologically medicated glomerular injury triggered by an infection.Nephritis is most commonly caused by autoimmune disorders that affect the major organs.For example, the patients with lupus are at a much higher risk for developing nephritis known as Lupus Nephritis.

Nephritis symptoms

Proteinuria is a common symptom of nephritis.It occurs as the kidneys excrete excess proteins from the body into urine.Excess proteins in urine can cause the urine to become foamy.

Swelling can occur in faces,legs,ankles and feet.As the kidneys can not function the body to get rid of excess fluids from body,it can lead to water retention in body.

Red or cola-colored urine can occur if there is red blood cells lost in urine.

Nephritis prognosis

Nephritis prognosis is affected by a variety of factors like pathological type,complications,treatment,etc.The patients with minimal change nephropathy may be cured by aggressive treatment.However,presence of the crescents and glomerular sclerosis from biopsy suggests a poor prognosis of nephritis.Proteinuria,high blood pressure,thrombus etc are risk factors in worsening renal function.Controlling them well can improve the outcome of the disease.An early and effective treatment is the key to improve the prognosis of nephritis.


When nephritis is caused by infection,it is treated aggressively with antibiotics.Antibiotic treatment may have to be intravenous for several weeks if the infection is serious and has been present for a long time.

Steroids and immunosuppressive drugs are commonly used to treat nephritis.They can suppress the inflammation in kidneys to reduce immune damage to kidneys,but can not stop the disease progression. Also, these medications along can not reverse the formed kidney damage.

Chinese herbal medicine is an alternative treatment for nephritis.It can suppress the abnormal immune system activity and recover the body’s normal immunity.Furthermore,the medicines can activate the self-healing system of the body to stimulate the self-regeneration of the impaired kidney tissues. Thus, it can improve renal function remarkably.

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