Nephrotic Syndrome

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nephrotic syndrome occurs when there is a malfunction in the kidneys filtering system, causing valuable protein in the blood to leak into the urine. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nephrotic syndrome is a group of symptoms, including protein in the urine, low blood protein levels, high cholesterol levels and swelling. These symptoms occur when your kidneys dont filter out toxic substances and waste from your blood.

Nephrotic syndrome is caused by various disorders that damage the kidneys. The condition can occur as a result of infection, use of certain drugs, cancer, genetic disorders, immune disorders or diseases that affect multiple body systems. It can also accompany kidney disorders.

This disorder occurs slightly more often in males than females but it can affect all age groups. In children, it is most common from age 2 to 6.

Symptoms include swelling, weight gain from fluid retention, poor appetite and high blood pressure.

The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications and delay progressive kidney damage. Hospitalization may be required. You may need to eat less salt and medications may be prescribed to stabilize blood pressure and reduce inflammation in the kidneys.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.