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IgA nephropathy is a kidney disease whereby the filtering system of the kidney becomes blocked by protein, or IgA complexes causing kidney (back) pain and hematuria (bloody urine) in its later stages. It can be hereditary or spontaneous and tends to strike young adults, particularly in Japanese populations. The disease is diagnosed by kidney biopsy and is treated with drugs including immunosuppressants, steroids and controlling high blood pressure. It can lead to permanent kidney failure where dialysis or a kidney transplant is essential for survival.
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