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What happens if treatment of lupus nephritis does not stop loss of kidney function?

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Even with treatment, loss of kidney function sometimes progresses. If both kidneys fail, people with lupus nephritis may need dialysis. Dialysis involves filtering the blood through a machine to remove waste products from the body.

Ultimately, it may be necessary to have a kidney transplant. In those cases, people will need additional drugs to keep their immune system from rejecting the transplanted kidney.

From: Lupus Nephritis WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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