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Symptoms of Lupus Nephritis Help You to Self-diagnosis

2014-04-06 17:13

Lupus Nephritis is inflammation of the kidney that is caused by systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). Also called lupus, SLE is an autoimmune disease. Immune system of patient with lupus attacks its own body tissues. When Lupus damage their kidneys, Lupus Nephritis happens. They experience various symptoms in different part. If not controlled, lupus nephritis can lead to kidney failure.


• Swelling

Lupus Nephritis is a severe problem. In early stage, symptoms are not always obvious. The first noticeable symptom is swelling of the legs, ankles and feet. A few people will present swelling in the face or hands.

• Foamy, frothy urine

Up to 60% of lupus patients will develop lupus Nephritis. When the kidneys are inflamed, they can't work normally, so that proteins leak out of the body which leads to the foamy urine. Other symptoms can vary from person to person and from day to day. They may include:

• Dark urine

• Blood in urine

• Having to urinate often at night

• Puffy feet, ankles, and legs that gets progressively worse as the day goes along

• Gaining weight

• High blood pressure

• Disconnected fever

• Erythema in pars zygomatica (butterfly erythema)

• Discold erythema

• Photosensitization

• Dental ulcer

• Arthritis

• Orrhomeningitis

• Nervous system abnormal (tic and psychosis)

• Soreness of waist

Lupus nephritis symptoms are similar to those of other kidney diseases. But not all urinary or kidney problems in people with lupus are due to lupus nephritis. People with lupus may get urinary tract infections easily. These cause burning on urination and require treatment with antibiotics. Certain lupus medications can also affect the kidneys and cause swelling and other symptoms similar to those of lupus nephritis. Problems related to these drugs usually go away when the drugs are no longer used. Any questions? Please chat with our online doctor.

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