Proteinuria

Friday, April 23, 2010

Proteinuria is the medical name for having protein in your urine. It can be caused by many conditions. Sometimes, the cause is harmless but proteinuria is an early sign of kidney damage. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Proteinuria, or protein in the urine, is a sign of kidney disease. Healthy kidneys do not allow protein to pass through their filtration systems.

Most persons with proteinuria have no symptoms. The presence of protein in the urine is found when a urinalysis is done. Persons who have proteinuria usually see a nephrologist, a doctor with specialized education and training in treating diseases of the kidney.

Many types of health problems can lead to kidney disease, which may be undetected until it becomes severe. Because proteinuria is not a sign of a specific disease, treatment is directed at the actual cause of the kidney problem.

Medications and lifestyle changes are used to treat hypertension, diabetes and other chronic medical problems associated with proteinuria and chronic kidney diseases. Antibiotics may be used in cases of urinary tract infections. In persons with acute kidney failure, dialysis may be used in the short term while the kidneys heal. For some individuals with kidney failure, kidney transplantation may be an option.

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