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Diagnostic Criteria for DN

2014-03-25 16:26

Nephropathy means kidney disease or damage. DN is damage to your kidneys caused by diabetes. In severe cases it can lead to kidney failure. But not everyone with diabetes has kidney damage. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or if you smoke, your risk is higher.

There are no symptoms in the early stage. So it's important to have regular urine tests to find kidney damage early. Sometimes early kidney damage can be reversed.

Generally, Patients with diabetic experience proteinuria persistently or intermittently, renal function obstacle, they can be diagnosed as Diabetic Nephropathy. Early diagnosis criteria of Diabetic Nephropathy is persistent microalbuminuria(30~300mg/24h). When urinary albumin excretion rate of patient is 20~200ug/min and proteinuria is greater than 0.5g/24h, this indicates patients have entered into clinical kidney disease.

Analysis to State of an Illness:

DN is a common and trouble complication of diabetes. In another word, Diabetic nephropathy is one of the most severe complications of diabetes. It also is main cause of end-stage kidney disease. DN is primary microvascular complication of diabetes. It mainly indicates diabetic glomerulus sclerosis which caused by blood vessel damage. Patients have no symptoms in early stage. Blood pressure is normal or a little high. Want to get personalized analysis about your prognosis? You can Email us at sjzkidneyhospital@hotmail.com.

Diabetic course prolong can increase rate of diabetic nephropathy. Kidney of patients’ with early-stage diabetes is bigger than normal size. GFR increase, and presents high-filtration state. Afterwards, interval proteinuria or mocroalbuminuria present gradually. With disease prolong, patients will experience persistent proteinuria. They will experience edema, high blood pressure, GFR decrease, and then renal insufficiency, uremia. Diabetic nephropathy is one of the death causes to diabetes patients. Among patients with diabetes, morbidity of typeⅡ patients is over typeⅠ. So, 70%-80% patients in dialyzing are typeⅡ patients. About 60% of patients who have diabetes for 15-20 years may experience clinical kidney damage.

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