Lupus Nephrits Diagnosis and Classifications
Time: 2020-01-21 17:41, Tags: Lupus Nephritis
Lupus nephritis is a serious and relatively common kidney disease which is caused by SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus).
Kidneys are important organs to maintain the balance of your body internal environment, because it has the following functions:
-remove the waste products and toxins from the blood
-regulate the blood pressure
-keep the balance of water in the body
Lupus nephritis is a very common complication of SLE and about 2/5 of people with lupus affected with lupus nephritis. It refers to an inflammation of glomeruli. Kidneys works by their units, namely, glomeruli, which transport blood and remove the fluid-like substance through urine and keep useful electrolytes in the body. Without a good control, patients may develop into kidney failure, when they need dialysis or kidney transplant over time.
How to make a diagnosis of lupus nephritis?
Usually, your doctor will suggest you to take blood tests, urine test, ultrasound, X-rays and renal biopsies.
What are the classifications of Lupus Nephritis?
Lupus nephritis is divided into 6 stages.
-class 1: minimal mesangial glomerulonephritis
-class2: mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis
-class3: focal glomerulonephritis
-class4: diffuse proliferative nephritis
These classes are identified by a clinician examining the kidney biopsy with specialized microscopes and immunofluorescence.
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