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Lupus Nephritis

What is Lupus nephritis?
Affection of the kidney by lupus is known as lupus nephritis.
How is Lupus nephritis diagnosed?
» Urine - blood or protein in the urine in a patient of lupus suggests presence of lupus nephritis.

» Blood tests- serum BUN/ serum creatinine are the blood tests that provide a clue to functioning of the kidney.

» Kidney biopsy - A small sample of the kidney is obtained using a special needle & examined under the microscope. The microscopic examination confirms the presence of lupus nephritis. It also helps in understanding the severity and prognosis of lupus nephritis.
How is lupus nephritis treated?
Corticosteroids are used to supress the ongoing inflammation in the kidney. Other immunosupressive agents like Cyclophosphamide, Azathioprine and Mycophenoate mophetil are used depending on the severity (based on kidney biopsy report).

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Created on: April 2007
Last updated on: Feb 2015
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