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What is lupus nephritis?

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Lupus nephritis is inflammation of the kidney that is caused by systemic lupus erythematous (SLE, or just lupus), an autoimmune disease. Lupus nephritis is when your body's immune system targets its own kidneys. There are five different types.

Up to 60% of people with lupus will get lupus nephritis. But not all urinary or kidney problems that people with lupus have are from it.

When your kidneys are inflamed, they can't work normally and could leak protein. Although lupus nephritis is a serious problem, most people who get treatment don't have kidney failure.

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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