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Glomerulonephritis Basic


Glomerulonephritis (GN, or Nephritis) is a kidney disorder in which the tiny filters of the kidneys that help to clean the blood called glomeruli become inflamed or damaged. This allows protein and red blood cells that normally circulate in the blood to pass into the urine. Left untreated, this chronic inflammation can lead to scarring, loss of kidney function, and Kidney Failure requiring dialysis or transplantation.


Glomerulonephritis can be caused by a vast array of factors including autoimmune disorders, infections, and other diseases. Usually, individuals develop Acute Nephritis after they have experienced ailments like strep throat, rheumatic fever, and scarlet fever.

• For 5 percent of men who end up with kidney disease, the disorder can be hereditary.

• Children and even adults may get Glomerulonephritis due to damage of the kidneys' filtering units caused by streptococcus bacteria.

• Adult nephritis may occur as a result of pneumonia, vasculitis, or the inflammation of one person's blood vessels, mumps and hepatitis. Sometimes, abscesses can also be one reason.

• Certain medications and poinsons

• Metabolic disorders

• Other causes also include gout, yellow fever, renal tuberculosis, immune complex disease, urethral stricture, typhoid fever, hermann's syndrome, etc.

Exams and Tests

• Urine test. A urinalysis may show red blood cells and red cells casts in urine (an indicator of possible damage to the glomeruli), white blood cells (a common indicator of infection or inflammation), increase protein (may indicate nephron damage), increased serum creatinine or urea.

• Blood test. This can offer information about kidney damage and impairment of the glomeruli by measuring levels of toxic wastes such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN).

• Imaging tests. Once detecting evidence of damage, the doctor may recommend tests such as a kidney X-ray, untrasound, or CT scan.

• Kidney biopsy. It is almost always necessary to confirm a diagnosis of GN.


Glomerulonephritis may be temporary and reversible, or it may get worse. Progressive nephritis may lead to Chronic Kidney Failure, reduced kidney function, and end stage renal disease(ESRD). Fortunately, timely and effective treatment can help patients prevent renal failure. For information about the best treatment for you, feel free to Contact Us.

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Glomerulonephritis Symptoms

Glomerulonephritis symptoms

The symptoms of Glomerulonephritis are often progressive (worsen with time). They occur due to the kidneys' inability to filter the blood and an increased leakiness of the glomeruli, which allows toxic waste products to accumulate in the blood and protein and blood to pass into the urine. At times, this disorder may be symptomless.

Early symptoms of Glomerulonephritis

People may present these signs daily or only occasionally. Any of the following ones can be serious:

• Bloody or pink colored urine due to hematuria or Blood in Urine

Edema, or Swelling of the legs, abdomen, eyelids, hands, feet and body

• Foamy or bubbly urine

• General ill feeling

• Poor Appetite

Later symptoms of Nephritis

As kidney function getting worse and worse, symptoms may worsen and more discomforts may become apparent including:

• Pain of the abdomen

• Body aches

• Diarrhea

• Fever

• Cough

• Increased frequency of urination

• Shortness of breath

Severe symptoms in advanced stage

In some conditions, Glomerulonephritis can be life threatening. Serious symptoms include:

• Bloody stool

• Difficulty breathing

• Uncontrollable nosebleeds

• Vomiting blood

This type of kidney disease is serious. Untreated, it can resulting Chronic Renal Failure, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, and an increased risk of other infections, especially urinary tract and kidney infections.

If you have some of the above discomforts, see your doctor to discuss what might be causing them and corresponding treatment. Or, feel free to Contact Us.

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Glomerulonephritis Treatment

Glomerulonephritis treatment

When you are treated at our center for Glomerulonephritis, some of the nation's top nephrologists focus their expertise on you. They communicate with each other - and with you - to ensure you receive the most advanced treatment with no side effect on your body.

As one of the nation's leading kidney disease treatment centers, we see many more patients with Glomerulonephritis than the average clinics. This means, we have a higher level of experience and expertise, which is crucial to your treatment and recovery.

If you or your beloved one has been diagnosed with Glomerulonephritis, our kidney doctors will discuss the best treatment option. It depends on the severity of kidney damage. One or more of the therapies as below may be recommended to treat your kidney disease.

Blood Pollution Therapy

To date, Blood Pollution Therapy is the most advanced treatment for Nephritis. Through treating the underlying causes of kidney damage, the disease can be treated from the root with no further relapse.

An accurate diagnosis is the premise of making the best suitable treatment plan for each patient. In this way, we can ensure the most satisfactory curative effect. The treatment process includes three steps, named combined blood purification techniques to remove blood stasis, supply essential elements to the blood, and recover the kidney function.

Whether your condition is suitable to get Blood Pollution Therapy or not? Feel free to Contact Us  for further guidance.


Nephritis is an immune disorder. When a person with low immunity or immune dysfunction get an infection or fever, he is very like to suffer from immune disorder. Massive immune complexes will occur and get deposited in the kidneys. In order to eliminate these harmful complexes, excess immune response occurs, causing damage to the kidneys.

As a holistic treatment, Immunotherapy can treat this disease thoroughly by recover renal function and regulate the immune system. So there is no any relapse.

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy

For people who prefer to get herbal remedy, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is a good choice. However, different from traditional oral herbal medicine, this treatment is applied externally. So, it has no adverse effect to patient's body.

In treating Glomerulonephritis, the remedy can help promote the microcirculation, inhibit inflammation in the kidneys, clear up the immune complex deposits and improve renal function.

You can make an appointment with our renowned nephrologists to get yourself evaluated for this treatment.

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Glomerulonephritis Diet﹠Fitness

Glomerulonephritis treatment

Glomerulonephritis is a disorder of the kidneys' tiny filters called glomeruli. It is characterized by body tissue swelling (edema), high blood pressure, and blood in urine. In addition to get proper medical treatment, a proper diet and healthy lifestyle can help relieve the symptoms and slow down the development of kidney disease. Hence, you can speak to your nutritionist to make the best meal plan or make an appointment with our kidney doctors for free helpful advice!

▪ Proper diet. Work with a dietitian to determine that how much protein you need and do your best to meet your daily goals. Limit the intake of sodium by avoid adding salt to foods, as well as processed foods, canned foods, salted snacks and processed meats (like bacon and ham). To prevent potassium from building up too high in your blood, restrict or avoid potassium-rich foods including bananas, oranges, tomatoes, spinach, nuts, sweet potatoes, legumes and dairy products. People with later stages of Glomerulonephritis may also need to control the fluid intake. The exact amount depends on your level of kidney function. For free advice on the best diet plan in your situation, please Contact Us

▪ Regular exercise. Talk to your doctor about suitable exercise program. Most people with this disease can benefit from aerobic physical activities, which can help eliminate excess acids in the body so as to prevent the presence of renal disease.

▪ Positive mood. Too much stress will affect the normal metabolism of the body. Thereby, it is beneficial to adjust your mood and pressure level in order to avoid the deterioration of kidney disease.

▪ Good skin care. People who develop serious swelling or edema need to pay attention to their skin care. Wear cotton clothes and change them frequently. It is essential to prevent the occurrence of bed sore for those who stay in bed for long time.

▪ Close observation of illness condition. Have regular urine tests. Never neglect the presence of early Uremia symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, poor appetite, reduced urine output and so on. Go to see a doctor if there is abnormal changes of urination.

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