Lupus nephritis is the name given to the kidney disease caused by systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus nephritis is also known as lupus glomerulonephritis or lupus glomerular disease. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, lupus nephritis occurs when autoantibodies form or are deposited in the glomeruli, causing inflammation. Ultimately, the inflammation may create scars that keep the kidneys from functioning properly.
- How common is kidney involvement among systemic lupus patients?
- How is lupus nephritis diagnosed?
- How is lupus nephritis treated?
Rheumatologist Scott J. Zashin, M.D. answers our questions about Lupus Nephritis.
- Lupus: Not a Simple Disease
- How Much Do You Know About Lupus?
- Guide to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Screening Quiz: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- What Kidney Diseases Are Most Commonly Considered or Diagnosed?
Photo © ADAM