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IgA Nephropathy

· What is IgA Nephropathy?

· What are the symptoms of IgA Nephropathy ?

· How is IgA Nephropathy diagnosed?

· What are the complications of IgA Nephropathy ?

· What are the treatment of IgA Nephropathy?

What is IgA Nephropathy ?

IgA Nephropathy is a a kind of immune related kidney disease. IgA Nephropathy often occurs when too much IgA protein build up in your body. As time goes by, lots of immune complexes would be released to make further damage with your kidney function.

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What are the symptoms of IgA Nephropathy ?

Protein in urine and red blood cells in urine are two major symptoms. Besides, patients also experience anemia, fatigue, muscle cramping, high blood pressure and so on.

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How is IgA Nephropathy diagnosed?

A blood test for serum creatinine can be used to calculate glomerular filtration rate, which tells how well your kidneys are filtering wastes from the blood. In most cases, a biopsy is often needed to confirm this diagnosis.

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What are the complications of IgA Nephropathy ?

High blood pressure may develop with the progression of this disease. High blood pressure will damage the kidney and puts a strain on the heart and the rest of the circulation.

Nephorpathy Syndrome often occurs. IgA Nephropathy allows protein leak into urine. This can be slight or severe. Sometimes, there are high levels of protein leakage leading to swollen ankles and high levels of cholesterol in the blood.

Kidney failure may also occur, if you the kidney damage can not be controlled effectively.

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What are the treatments of IgA Nephropathy?

In most cases, steroids treatment is often suggested for patients to slow down kidney damage. Steroids is used to limit the amount of protein in the diet. For patients who develop into kidney failure, dialysis or kidney transplant may suggest for them. However, due to various factors, dialysis and kidney transplant is not the best treatment option.

Immunotherapy is used to regulate immune disorder and improve your immunity.

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