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IgA Nephropathy

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by Cote S

(Immunoglobulin A Nephropathy; Berger’s Disease)

 

Treatment

There is no cure for IgA nephropathy. The goal of treatment is to slow damage to the kidneys. Your doctor will also make a plan to manage related symptoms, such as high blood pressure.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Medications

Depending on your symptoms and overall health, your doctor may suggest:
  • Medications to help control blood pressure and decrease protein loss in the urine
  • Cholesterol lowering medication
  • Corticosteroids to decrease inflammation in the body
  • Medications to suppress the immune system

Dietary Changes

Your doctor may recommend certain changes to your diet. The changes will depend on your overall health and your kidney function. Some changes may include:
  • Controlling protein in the diet by limiting or avoiding:
    • Most meats and dairy products
    • Gluten—protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats
  • Controlling salt in the diet
  • Dietary changes to manage blood cholesterol levels
Your doctor may also recommend certain supplements like fish oil. Talk to your doctor before starting any supplements.

Kidney Support

Dialysis takes over the job of the kidneys if they are not able to work well. It cannot cure the kidney damage, but it will help you feel better and decrease symptoms like high blood pressure.
A kidney transplant may be needed when illness has progressed and the kidneys have failed.
 

RESOURCES

IgA Nephropathy Support Network
http://www.igansupport.org

National Kidney and Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse
http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Foundation for IgA Nephropathy
http://www.igan.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


IgA nephropathy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 25, 2013. Accessed August 9, 2013.


IgA nephropathy. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/iganephropathy. Updated September 2, 2010. Accessed August 9, 2013.


IgA nephropathy. National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/iganeph.cfm. Accessed August 9, 2013.

 

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