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Lupus nephritis

  • Alternative Names

    Nephritis - lupus; Lupus glomerular disease


    Treatment

    The goal of treatment is to improve kidney function. Medicines may include corticosteroids or other medications that suppress the immune system, such as cyclophosphamide, mycophenolate mofetil, or azathioprine.

    You may need dialysis to control symptoms of kidney failure. A kidney transplant may be recommended. (People with active lupus should not have a transplant.)


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome varies depending on the specific form of lupus nephritis. Patients may have acute flare-ups with alternating symptom-free periods.

    Some cases of lupus nephritis may progress to chronic kidney failure.

    Although lupus nephritis may return in a transplanted kidney, it rarely leads to end-stage kidney disease.


    Complications
    • Acute renal failure
    • Chronic renal failure
    • End-stage renal disease
    • Nephrotic syndrome

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you have blood in the urine or swelling of your body.

    If you have lupus nephritis, call your health care provider if you notice decreased urine output.