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Does proteinuria always need to be treated?

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Proteinuria is not a specific disease, so its treatment depends on identifying and managing its underlying cause. If that cause is kidney disease, appropriate medical management is essential.

Untreated chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure.

If you have mild or temporary proteinuria, you may not need any treatment at all.

From: Protein in Urine (Proteinuria) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Patient Page: "Proteinuria."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Proteinuria."

Labtestsonline: "Urine Protein and Urine Protein to Creatinine Ratio" and "Proteinura."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Patient Page: "Proteinuria."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Proteinuria."

Labtestsonline: "Urine Protein and Urine Protein to Creatinine Ratio" and "Proteinura."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 10, 2018

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