About Lupus Nephritis
Lupus which in medial terms is called as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of the body attacks the healthy tissues and organs of the body. Any organ of the body can be affected by Lupus. When this condition attacks the renal system of the body it affects the functioning of the nephrons which is the basic filtration unit of the kidneys. This inflammation of the nephrons as a result of Lupus is termed as Lupus Nephritis.
Lupus Nephritis is one of the most serious complications of Lupus. It not only affects the functioning of the kidneys, it also tends to damage the kidneys permanently such that the affected individual may have to undergo periodic dialysis in order filter the blood and remove the waste products from the body. In some cases, individuals may even require a kidney transplant as a result of complications due to Lupus Nephritis.
There are various treatments that are provided for Lupus Nephritis but whether this condition can actually be cured is what has been delineated below in the article.
Can Lupus Nephritis Be Cured?
The answer to this question is unfortunately no. There is as of now no cure for Lupus Nephritis. The main aim of treatment is to prevent any worsening of the condition. If Lupus Nephritis is diagnosed and treated early then it may prevent the need for a kidney transplant.
Some of the treatments that are provided to prevent Lupus Nephritis from worsening are minimizing salt and protein intake in the diet, controlling blood pressure through diet and medications, steroids may be prescribed to control inflammation caused due to Lupus. Immunosuppressants are given to diminish the immune response and prevent Lupus from causing any permanent damage to the kidneys.
Children and pregnant females may not be given steroids or immunosuppressants to protect the fetus and symptomatic treatment may be given through other forms of medications to prevent any permanent damage from Lupus Nephritis. Kidney Transplant is the only other treatment in cases where the kidney has been permanently damaged by Lupus Nephritis.
“Lupus Nephritis: Diagnosis and Treatment” – National Kidney Foundation [https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/lupus]