My kidneys, too?
You’ve got to be kidding! I’ve heard of everything, or at least I thought I had; but now I hear that lupus can affect my kidneys?
Yes, about 40% of lupus patients develop problems with their kidneys. Because lupus is an inflammatory disease, this inflammation can affect the blood vessels in the kidney called nephrons. This is called nephritis, or lupus nephritis.
As a result of this inflammation, the nephrons can’t adequately remove wastes and toxins from your bloodstream and abnormal levels of fluid aren’t filtered out through the kidneys resulting in edema.
If edema was the only side effect, lupus nephritis condition could be more easily managed. Unfortunately, the waste and toxins eventually build up in the bloodstream, causing elevated blood pressure increased and sometimes frothy urination, a sudden and unexplained increased edema in the extremities and also the eyelids. In very late stages, mental status changes are obvious and coma can result.
The increase in waste and toxins can be so great and alter the electrolyte balance in the body, requiring artificial removal of the wastes and toxins is needed by dialysis.
With proper medical treatment, observation, and diagnostic tests though, however, this can often be avoided. In addition, well discuss medications that are used to treat lupus nephritis in another post.
This is just one way in which lupus can affect the kidneys; another time, we’ll talk about other ways in which lupus can cause damage to our kidneys.Hits : 680