Why Some Lupus Patients Need Kidney Transplants
Lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects millions every year, has been known to harm the kidneys and other tissues, resulting in severe damage to the body. The variation of lupus that affects the kidney is called lupus nephritis. This type of disease inflames the kidneys and causes them to not filter blood properly. When lupus causes the body to attack itself, it sends cells to the kidneys to be filtered, but since the kidneys are not functioning properly, it can result in serious damage. This can often lead to permanent kidney damage and even death in some lupus nephritis patients.