Glomerulonephritis

What is the treatment for glomerulonephritis?

Specific treatment for glomerulonephritis will be determined by your doctor based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference

Unfortunately, even with today's medicine, kidney disease cannot be cured. Therefore, treatments focus on slowing the progression of the disease and preventing complications. Treatment may include:

  • Drug therapy, such as ACE (angiotensin-converting enzymes) inhibitors

  • Diet modification. This includes limiting protein to reduce the buildup of wastes in the blood, sodium, and potassium

  • Dialysis. A medical treatment to remove wastes and additional fluid from the blood after the kidneys have stopped functioning.

  • Kidney transplantation. A procedure that places a healthy kidney from one person into a recipient's body.

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