What Are Some Complications of Lupus Nephritis?

In addition to the signs and symptoms of lupus nephritis, people living with this potentially life-threatening condition may also experience:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Swelling in the hands and feet
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure
  • Scarring of the kidneys (as kidney function declines)

Early diagnosis and treatment may help prevent long-lasting kidney damage.

Be sure to always discuss any questions with your doctor.

Understanding Kidney Failure

10-30% of people with lupus nephritis go on to develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure, within 15 years of diagnosis. Kidney failure means about 90% of kidney function is gone. Kidney failure is very serious, but treatments do exist and consist of either dialysis or a kidney transplant. To learn more about these treatments, visit the National Kidney Foundation website.

Impact on Health and Wellbeing

Lupus nephritis has a profound impact on health and wellbeing. Consider some of these statistics on people living with lupus nephritis:

10%-30% develop kidney failure within 15 years of diagnosis 10%-30% One study found that after 24 weeks of treatment, 9 out of 10 people still showed signs of kidney disease 9 out of 10 A Swedish study of 255 people with SLE showed that the impact on physical and emotional health is greatest when lupus affects the KIDNEYS Medical expenses are 4X higherthan for people with lupus alone

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