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Glomerular Disease: Overview

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For example, if you were diagnosed with glomerural disease because of an infection, the kidney disease will improve once the infection has been treated with prescription medication. Your doctor may prescribe steroids to treat your kidney disease.

In cases of severe glomerural kidney disease, your doctor may recommend plasmapheresis (PLAZ-muh-fer-EE-sis). According to the NIDDK, plasmapheresis is ʺa medical treatment in which the blood is treated outside the body to remove harmful antibodies, and then returned to the patient.ʺ

To prevent further damage to your kidneys, it is important to monitor your blood pressure. If you are prone to high blood pressure, your doctor may prescribe high blood pressure medication to manage your blood pressure and to prevent further kidney damage.

References:

Glomerular Diseases - National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Home Page - National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Retrieved November 15, 2011, from
http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/glomerular

Glomerulonephritis - PubMed Health. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved November 15, 2011, from
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001515

UNC Kidney Center. UNC Kidney Center. Retrieved November 15, 2011, from
http://www.unckidneycenter.org/kidneyhealthlibrary/glomerulardisease.html#Glom_Diseases

Review November 15, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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