Improving How Signs of Lupus Nephritis Are Measured
Posted Sep 21 2009 10:05pm
The kidneys act as filters to remove waste materials from the blood; these waste materials are then passed out of the body in the urine. Lupus that affects the kidneys, termed lupus nephritis, or LN, can cause inflammation that damages the kidney tissue. If LN is not diagnosed early and treated aggressively, this tissue damage can affect the kidneys’ ability to filter waste. If the kidneys become too damaged to function properly, a person may need to undergo regular (two-three times per week) dialysis treatments, in which the blood is circulated through a machine that removes the waste material. Lupus nephritis can eventually lead to end stage renal disease (ESRD) and the need for a kidney transplant.