Diagnosis of Lupus Nephritis needs to be done from different aspects which including medical tests and evaluation of symptoms.
Symptoms help to diagnose Lupus Nephritis
Knowing well the corresponding symptoms of Lupus Nephritis can help us have a general diagnosis about it. The common symptoms of Lupus Nephritis are as below:
* Changed urine color which may appears to be brown, red and dark orange.
* Foamy urine which also known as bubbly urine.
* Frequent urination at night
* Elevated blood pressure
* swelling (edema) in the eyelids, feet, ankles and legs.
* Increased body weight
Medical tests help to diagnose Lupus Nephritis
Although symptoms can help us diagnose Lupus Nephritis, your doctors may ask you to have some medical tests to confirm the diagnosis.
* Urine test: Through urinalysis, we can know whether there is excess glucose, protein, ketones or bilirubin in the urine as well as the acidity or alkalinity of the urine. All these results are helpful for us to diagnose Lupus Nephritis.
* Blood test: Blood tests may tell us the exact levels of wastes such as creatinine and urea. Increased level of these waste materials always indicates impaired renal function.
* Kidney Biopsy: To further confirm the diagnosis of Lupus Nephritis and to know how serious kidney disease has been damaged, kidney biopsy sometimes is required. Although this test in useful, people with serious kidney damages usually are not allowed to do it as it may damage the healthy renal tissues.
Both symptoms and medical tests are helpful for us in diagnosing Lupus Nephritis and usually we need to know more information before we confirm the diagnosis of Lupus Nephritis, as so to avoid the misdiagnosis. Anything unclear or you want to know more, you are welcome to consult our consultant or leave message