Category Archives: Glomerulonephritis

Good day… I have a question about my daughter she is 7 years old. She was confined in the hospital last September because she was diagnosed with acute glomerulonephritis. What does acute glomerulonephritis mean?

Glomerulonephritis is inflammation of the filters of the kidney known as glomeruli. The inflammation may destroy the little filters and this will cause a reduction in kidney function. It is common for glomerulonephritis to cause blood and protein to spill … Continue reading

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Thank you so much, Dr. Spry. I have Lupus, Sjogren’s, and Hashimoto’s. I got bloodwork back the other day and my eGFR was down from 75 May 2, to 66 Sept. 1. My (random) urine was checked and Albumin was 40.8% & Total Protein was 23.3. UAlbumin 40.8% (9.5 mg/dl) UAlpha1 59.2% (13.8mg/dl). Urine Creatinine 189.5 mg/dL. My SERUM BUN/Creatinine Ratio was Low @ 8. SERUM Creatinine is 0.96 (rising). The nurse indicated that there was nothing remarkable about these values. My father was on dialysis for years and passed at 63. Glomerulonepritis. I am 57 now. I think these values warrant further investigation, as kidney disease has affected several other paternal relatives as well. But I don’t know how to go about doing anything about it. I am concerned about Lupus Nephritis, also. I have Anemia of Chronic Disease, and Polyclonal Hypergammaglobulinemia dx through a bone marrow aspirate nearly 20 years ago. But no one ever knew what to do with that information. I’m very worried about my kidneys. Can you help me understand if my concerns are warranted? Thanks again, in advance.

When interpreting the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), we use normal as being anything greater than 60 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared. Hence, the laboratory cannot reliably tell the difference between 75 and 66. These numbers within the … Continue reading

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What causes too much protein in your urine?

There are many causes of protein in the urine.  A small amount of protein is normally in the urine.  If the protein loss into the urine becomes excessive, then this is seen in glomerulonephritis, heavy physical exercise, fever, and can … Continue reading

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I am 30 years old and I have stage 3 entering stage 4 kidney disease. It was caused by glomerulonephritis, to be exact. So when my nephrologist and specialist did the biopsy, they started me on first treatment of steroids at 120 mg until I eventually got to 5 mg, along with mycophenolate. After I finished the course of medications, the doctors saw my body didn’t react to any of the treatments. So my question, is this common and is it heard of?

Not everyone responds to conventional treatments for glomerulonephritis.  The type of glomerulonephritis is of importance.  Some types respond very well and other types do not.  I suggest that you discuss your concerns with your nephrologist and learn the exact diagnosis … Continue reading

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Hi Dr. I was recently diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease. My mother had it as well 20 or so years ago. She did in time end up on dialysis. With this being genetic, will I also end up on dialysis? Is that the normal path of the inherited disease?

There are many different kidney diseases that can be inherited including polycystic kidney disease, Alport’s syndrome, diabetes, and other forms of glomerulonephritis.  I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I suggest that … Continue reading

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Hello I actually have a couple of questions. Infected with hepatitis C from 13 months of age until SVR due to anti-viral therapy at 28 years. Asymptomatic the entire with virtually no detectable effects of the virus aside from active RNA. I have been told that the immune complexes formed by the body fighting the virus are at least partially removed by the kidneys. So my first question is: How accurate is that? My second question is: After 25+ years of this happening, what is the likelihood that there would be any amount glomerulonephritis present?

Hepatitis C can be associated with glomerulonephritis and chronic kidney disease (CKD).  It is true that immune complexes can be formed in patients with chronic hepatitis C and this can lead to kidney damage.  The only way to tell is … Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Spry, I am 31 years old. I am a man. I have glomerulonephritis and FSGS for 7 years. Now I take my medicine (Neoral sandimmun 4*25, Prednol 4mg/ day, Olmetec 20mg/day, Drisentin1*1) regularly but last 6 months I had problem with edema around my ankle. Besides edema I have muscle weakness and tiredness. I can’t move as I want to do. I am doing sport but It effects me very much. I can not go on long. I want to ask you how long I should take this kind of treatment? Is there any other treatments for this disease? I am desperate about my future.

Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a very difficult disease to treat.  In many cases, the disease is not cured but rather controlled.  If you have concerns about your treatment, this should be discussed with your nephrologist.  I am unable to … Continue reading

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Hi Doctor, My partner was diagnosed 5 years ago, at the age of 26, with a rare Kidney disease called mesangial capillary glomerulonephritis. He has been on steroid treatment and also cholesterol, blood pressure and other pills. He has suffered with many side effects including depression, mood swings, frequency of urination, dizziness, blurred vision and most recently the beginnings of osteoporosis. I have heard of Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and read about some studies on www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and it seems very effective in treating patients with IgA nephropathy. I was wondering if you think this might work for my partner too? and whether it could be used in conjunction with his current medications? My second question is how likely do you think it would be for us to pass this disease down to a child? Thank you for any help you might give us… I worry about our future family and hope that someone will find a cure soon.

Mesangiocapillary glomerulonephritis (MCGN) is an uncommon kidney disease.  There are many different forms of MCGN that have been described.  Chinese medical osmotherapy is of no benefit in any kidney disease that I am aware. I cannot comment on whether you … Continue reading

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Hello. Can antihistamine nose sprays affect negatively glomerulonephritis patients? I read on the instructions to be careful with these in those who have kidney problems. I suffer from rhinitis, so I started using them. I am 34 years old with stage 2 kidney disease, normal kidney function, blood pressure and no protein in urine.

I have generally used anti-histamine medications in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and found them to be safe.  However, as with all medications, you should discuss this with your physician and make sure that they do not interfere with … Continue reading

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I have been diagnosed with glomerulonephritis disease since I was in my 20’s due to an untreated illness as a child. I was on various meds throughout my adult life until I reached 64. At that time my GFR indicated the need for dialysis. I have been on hemodialysis for 2-1/2 years and I am on the transplant list with a wait time in NY state of about 5 years. My question is regarding live vaccines. My wife and I watch our infant grandson during the work week. He has just received the rotavirus vaccine and within 24 hours of that, I have been experiencing symptoms of severe diarrhea and low appetite. As a hemodialysis patient, am I in any danger of responding badly to a live virus vaccine? My doctor is off for the next few days and I thought I would try and see if I could get an answer from you.

Live virus vaccines such as the Shingles vaccine, Mumps, Measles and Rubella vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and others can be given to dialysis patients, but generally are less effective at inducing immunity that in the non-dialysis population.  After you are transplanted, … Continue reading

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