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
  • Kidney failure, also known as End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) or end stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • 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 kidney failure, also known as End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) or end stage renal disease (ESRD), 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:

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