What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Lupus Nephritis?
In the early stages of lupus nephritis, there are very few signs that anything is wrong. In fact, some patients have no specific symptoms. Kidney problems often start around the same time that lupus symptoms appear.
The first symptoms of lupus nephritis are often:
|Swelling, usually in legs, feet, or ankles||Foamy, bubbly, or frothy urine|
Clinical signs of lupus nephritis include:
- Leakage of a high level of protein into the urine (a condition known as proteinuria). Every person with lupus nephritis has proteinuria. Extra protein in the urine shows up in a clinical laboratory urine test.
- Leakage of blood into the urine (a condition known as hematuria)
- High blood pressure
- Inflammation of the kidneys
- Scarring of the kidneys
Be sure to always discuss signs and symptoms with your doctor.
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