Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) Questions Nephrotic Syndrome

What factors can cause nephrotic syndrome?

A recent body test showed that I have nephrotic syndrome. What are the factors that cause this? My doctor wasn't really specific, and all the sources that I've found online haven't really expanded on it.

4 Answers

Stress, sleep, drinking enough water, high functioning exercise every day, take three meals.
Nephrotic syndrome is usually 3 or more g of protein in 24 hours, urine associated with edema, hypoalbuminemia (low albumin in blood), and also high cholesterol levels. It can be from systemic diseases affecting kidneys or from some form of kidney disease itself. Most common systemic disease-causing nephrotic syndrome are: diabetes, hepatitis B, hep C, lupus, HIV, amyloidosis, etc. Your doctor will be doing blood work and a urine test and, if needed, will be doing a kidney biopsy for the diagnosis.
Hope this will help you.
Possibly swelling of the feet. Repeat the test
Nephrotic Syndrome most commonly is caused by diabetes. In the abnormalities of the filters in the kidneys called the glomeruli. Commonly this is caused by diabetes but it can also be caused by other diseases that have an effect on the filtering membrane in the glomeruli. Often these are issues with autoimmune diseases (syndromes where one is allergic to himself). I would suggest that you have a thorough evaluation by a nephrologist that may include doing a kidney biopsy.

Steven A. Burka, MD, FACP, FASN