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How is lupus nephritis treated?

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Your treatment is based on which of the five types you have (which is determined by a kidney biopsy), your symptoms, and the severity. Medications can help lower inflammation, suppress your immune system, prevent blood clots, or lower your blood pressure.

Although lupus nephritis is a serious problem, most people who get treatment don't have kidney failure. But if both your kidneys fail, you may need dialysis to filter your blood and remove waste products and ultimately have a kidney transplant.

From: Lupus Nephritis WebMD Medical Reference

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Cedars-Sinai: "Lupus" and "Lupus Nephritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Lupus and Kidney Disease: What You Should Know about Lupus Nephritis (Lupus Kidney Disease)."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Kidney Disease."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Lupus Nephritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai: "Lupus" and "Lupus Nephritis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Lupus and Kidney Disease: What You Should Know about Lupus Nephritis (Lupus Kidney Disease)."

Lupus Foundation of America: "Kidney Disease."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Lupus Nephritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

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