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When the tiny filters in your kidneys (glomeruli) get inflamed, you have glomerulonephritis.

This condition interferes with your kidney’s ability to remove excess fluid and waste from your bloodstream. If left untreated, glomerulonephritis can cause significant kidney damage. 

There are two types of glomerulonephritis:

  • Primary: Occurs on its own, not as a result of an underlying condition
  • Secondary: Caused by another disease, such as lupus or diabetes

Glomerulonephritis: what you should know

  • The following conditions put you at an increased risk of developing glomerulonephritis:
  • Prolonged kidney inflammation can lead to the following problems:
  • Treatment for glomerulonephritis typically focuses on controlling the underlying condition causing the inflammation.

How can I get help for glomerulonephritis?

Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms of glomerulonephritis:

  • Blood in your urine (hematuria)
  • Protein in your urine (proteinuria)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Swelling in your face, hands, feet or abdomen (edema)
  • Fatigue

If your primary care doctor finds that you are having a problem with your kidneys, you might need to see a nephrologist at Rush who specializes in caring for a wide range of kidney conditions.

Care for glomerulonephritis at Rush

Glomerulonephritis sometimes resolves without treatment. If it doesn’t, however, the goal of treatment is to control the condition causing your symptoms.

  • Blood pressure management: Medications and lifestyle modifications (e.g., improving diet and exercise habits)
  • Medications: Control and manage conditions causing kidney inflammation
  • Dialysis: When the inflammation has caused severe kidney damage or failure, this removes excess fluid
  • Kidney transplant: When inflammation has led to kidney failure

Why choose Rush for glomerulonephritis care

  • The Division of Nephrology at Rush provide comprehensive care for people with a wide range of kidney diseases, including glomerulonephritis. The nephrology program at Rush is consistently named among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Many kidney disease specialists at Rush are listed among the country’s top doctors by Castle Connolly Ltd.
  • Kidney specialists at Rush have gained worldwide attention for research they’ve done on a special medication regimen for people with diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Research at Rush that focused on slowing the progression of kidney disease in people with diabetes led to changes in the American Diabetes Association recommendations regarding standards of clinical practice in this area.

Departments and programs that treat this condition