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:

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