Category Archives: Nephrotic Syndrome

Respected doctor, I’m from India. My age is 23 years. I’m suffering from nephrotic syndrome. The nephrologist doctor said to me that they have to perform renal/kidney biopsy test before any treatment. So my question is… 1. Is that biopsy test is safe? 2. After biopsy test…will the treatment can cure the kidney disease? 3. Is that any kind of side effects of biopsy? Or after biopsy test treatment?

A kidney biopsy will yield a specific diagnosis which will then result in specific treatment.  It is not possible to predict a cure of the kidney disease, but specific diagnosis will result in more specific treatment options that must be … Continue reading

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Dear Doctor, My father (Age 67) is losing lot of protein through urine. He was suspected for Multiple Myeloma but his PET scan and bone marrow biopsy reports were absolutely normal. But the protein loss is still going on and that is causing him lot of weakness. We did his Kidney Functioning Test but that showed nothing serious. He was admitted to ICU because of some urine infection during which lot of water was accumulated in his body. He had swelling on his whole body which now is going away through diuretic medicines prescribed by his cardiologist. Is this related to Kidney or Blood?

Protein in the urine (known as proteinuria) is a finding in kidney disease.  It is first necessary to find out exactly how much protein is spilling into the urine.  If that protein loss is more than 3 grams per day, … Continue reading

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My son is 2.5 years old and we are in Romania. I am American and my husband is British. My son is being treated here for Nephrotic Syndrome but we would like to take him to England or America for further treatment. Do you have advice about traveling by plane. Perhaps you need to know more about his condition but if you have general advice it would still be helpful.

Traveling by airplane should not pose a risk to anyone with nephrotic syndrome.  The long travel time in an airplane with inactivity could result in blood clots in the legs.  Forming blood clots in the legs of patients with chronic … Continue reading

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I have been diagnosed with Minimal change disorder at 39. Back in late October 2016, started having the symptoms, fluid retention in the lower extremities, foam in the urine, etc. My PCP was doing nothing but pill after pill until finally I went to the hospital. Blood tests, urine samples, hospital stay and kidney biopsy all came back with Nephrotic Syndrome, MCD. I am on steroid therapy, which is working. No auto immune disorder can be tied to my condition. No family history either. I have read up that in adults, an allergic reaction could cause MCD. I have asked my Nephrologist if running blood allergy tests could help narrow down the cause so I have something to work with after remission but he doesn’t think it would do any good. What are your thoughts and should I seek a second opinion? Thank you for any insight you give me.

Minimal Change Disease (MCD) also called “nil” disease is a common cause of sudden nephrotic syndrome and will cause sudden swelling with loss of protein in the urine (proteinuria).  The cause has never been determined.  It is thought to be … Continue reading

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Is there a need for long term steroid use in nephrotic syndrome? What causes a flare up? Are there any specialists or recommendations for treatment?

There are many causes of nephrotic syndrome.  In most cases, a kidney biopsy is needed to make a specific diagnosis and this leads to specific treatment of the nephrotic syndrome.  You can read about nephrotic syndrome on our web site … Continue reading

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My kid has Nephrotic Syndrome. Initially he got it at 3 years of age and later on wards every 14 months he relapses. Now his age is 6 running. Is there any other treatment?

There are a number of treatments for nephrotic syndrome, but in cases of recurrent relapse of the disease in children, it is often necessary to perform a kidney biopsy in order to know the exact disease that is being treated, … Continue reading

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Does excessively high protein in urine lead to death?

A large amount of protein in the urine is called proteinuria and if the amount is greater than 3.5 grams per day, then this is known as nephrotic syndrome.  It does not result in death, but does indicate kidney disease … Continue reading

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Which sports drink is best for a child with nephrotic syndrome after activities?

The best drink for a patient with nephrotic syndrome would be plain water.  Sport drinks contain sodium and this causes further edema and swelling in patients with nephrotic syndrome.  I recommend a low salt diet and plain water for adults … Continue reading

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I recently had to have a kidney removed & trying to drink plenty of water. Is their anything else that I can have that will help add to the 2-3 liters of fluid that would be bear on my remaining one? What do I need to limit or stay away from?

You should maintain good hydration and follow a low salt diet.  Many people maintain a normal life with a single kidney.

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I am from China and just been USA for 2 months. I have been  had nephrotic syndrome since I was 14.  Now I am 33 years old and still have not yet recovered. Since I got it, I have been taking prednisone every day to keep healthy.  My physical examination is basically normal by taking prednisone (except a bit high triglycerides and cholesterol).  But I am always suffering from a throat infection even though I have had my tonsils out when I was 16. I always have a relapsed when my prednisone is reduced to about 1 pill. And the cold caused by throat infection is always the reason of the relapsed.  The cycle of relapse is several months up to three and a half years for one time. I have not done renal biopsy. And I can quickly go back to normal as soon as I improve the dose of prednisone. Now It has been 2 years since my last relapse and I am taking one and half-day prednisone for more than 3 months.This is my history profile. So I have some questions to ask you: 1. Could you give advice on a good therapeutic regimen?  2. Based on the difference in food between USA and China, what I should eat or should not eat?  Chinese Dr. told me that I should not eat seafood. Is that true? 3. Now I want have a baby.  Can I have one? 4. What should I do when I get a throat infection?  I am so appreciate if I can get your advice.

I cannot give medical advice without seeing you and examining you.  If you have not had a kidney biopsy, this would be very important in order to understand your disease and recommend treatment.  I recommend that you consult with a … Continue reading

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