Lupus nephritis - Symptom
Nephritis - lupus; Lupus glomerular disease
Symptoms of lupus nephritis include:
For general lupus symptoms, see the article on SLE.
Signs and tests:
A physical exam shows signs of decreased kidney functioning with edema. Blood pressure may be high. Abnormal sounds may be heard when the doctor listens to the heart and lungs, indicating fluid overload.
Tests that may be done include:
A kidney biopsy is not used to diagnose lupus nephritis, but to determine what treatment is appropriate.
This disease may also affect the results of the following tests:
- Reviewed last on: 8/12/2009
- Parul Patel, MD, Private Practice specializing in Nephrology and Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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