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IgA nephropathy

IgA nephropathy: Introduction

IgA nephropathy: IgA nephropathy is a kidney disorder caused by deposits of the protein immunoglobulin A (IgA) inside the glomeruli (filters) ... more about IgA nephropathy.

IgA nephropathy: A rare disorder where kidney inflammation leads to a build up of the antibody (IgA) in the kidney which results in the characteristic symptom of blood in the urine. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of IgA nephropathy is available below.

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Treatments for IgA nephropathy

  • Treatment of IgA nephropathy is dependant upon the severity of the kidney damage, the age of the patient, and any other health problems that the patient might have. Treatments include:
    • Observation - for patients with asymptomatic hematuria without proteinuria or hypertension
    • Avoidance of medications that may contribute to further renal damage - NSAID's, IV contrast
    • Smoking cessation - people who continue to smoke progress to end stage renal failure sooner
    • Prompt and aggressive management of hypertension
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IgA nephropathy is a kidney disorder caused by deposits of the protein immunoglobulin A (IgA) inside the glomeruli (filters) within the kidney. These glomeruli (the singular form is glomerulus) normally filter wastes and excess water from the blood and send them to the bladder as urine. The IgA protein prevents this filtering process, leading to blood and protein in the urine and swelling in the hands and feet. This chronic kidney disease may progress over a period of 10 to 20 years. If this disorder leads to end-stage renal disease, the patient must go on dialysis or receive a kidney transplant. (Source: excerpt from IgA Nephropathy: NIDDK)

Definitions of IgA nephropathy:

Most common cause of primary glomerular disease in Europe, Australia, and United States; lesions formed as a consequence of mesangial formations of immune deposits composed of IgA. - (Source - Diseases Database)

IgA nephropathy is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that IgA nephropathy, or a subtype of IgA nephropathy, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list IgA nephropathy as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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