- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- What Is a Nephrologist?
- What to Expect with CKD
- Kidney Disease Management
- Understanding Acute Kidney Injury
- How Kidneys Work
- Take a FREE CLASS on Kidney Disease
Understanding Lupus Nephritis
Lupus nephritis, also known as kidney lupus, is a chronic condition that may affect people with lupus. While it isn’t the same same as chronic kidney disease (CKD), the kidney damage caused by lupus nephritis can require similar treatment and can lead to kidney disease in some cases.
Can lupus nephritis cause kidney failure?
Lupus nephritis can cause kidney failure, though it doesn’t always happen. Medications can also help keep lupus in check for years before lupus nephritis occurs. Early diagnosis and treatment are always helpful in minimizing the effects of lupus.
If lupus nephritis does cause kidney failure, it’s not a reflection on you or your treatment team. It’s possible for lupus to cause kidney failure even if you do everything “right.” What’s most important is proper treatment, and there are several treatment options to help you live well with kidney failure. Dialysis is an important and valuable option—and there are different methods of dialysis that may be right for you, including home dialysis or in-center dialysis. Right now, 468,000 people in the United States alone receive dialysis treatments. Another option is a kidney transplant. This transplant may come from someone you know, or from someone on a donor list. This important thing to remember is that it’s still possible to live well and thrive with renal failure.
TAKE OUR FREE CLASS ON KIDNEY FAILURE TREATMENT
If you have lupus nephritis and you’re diagnosed with kidney failure, you have treatment options that can help you live well. Our free class covers choosing a treatment, managing kidney care and following a kidney-friendly diet.