Membranous Nephropathy is a rare kidney disorder that involves thickening of the lining of the organ. As the tiny blood vessels become chronically inflamed, they deposit higher than normal levels of proteins in the urine.
Initial diagnosis is usually made with a urine test. It can be caused by serious organ infections, cancer, heavy metal poisoning, or autoimmune conditions. It’s possible to manage membranous nephropathy for many years with basic treatment, but severe cases may lead to kidney failure.
This form of nephropathy has distinct symptoms and can cause complications like high blood pressure and blood clots.
These symptoms can be intermittent and hard to track. Seeing a nephrologists at the first sign of dark urine or nighttime urgency is the best way to catch this form of kidney damage before it impairs your organ function.
Treating the symptoms allows patients to maintain their current kidney function without further complicating their health. For example, medications to keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control go a long way in keeping membranous nephropathy patients healthy. Diets with controlled levels of sodium and protein reduce the load on the kidneys and maintain a healthier urine balance.
Vitamin D is often supplemented since kidney function loss can reduce the amount of this vitamin available to the body. In cases with severe kidney damage, the only options may be dialysis and eventual organ transplant.