Nephrotic Syndrome is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that include protein in the urine, low blood protein levels and high cholesterol levels. Nephrotic Syndrome is caused due to different disorders that damage the kidneys leading to excessive protein in urine. Symptoms are:
• Edema in face, legs and eyes
• Swelling in arms and legs
• Swollen abdomen
• Skin rash
• Skin sores
• Poor appetite
• Weight gain
HOW IS NEPHROTIC SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by a general physician who would test for protein levels in the urine and also do an ultrasound to scan the kidney functions. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) or aluminium levels are also tested.
HOW IS NEPHROTIC SYNDROME TREATED?
The treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome involves medication to control the signs of Nephrotic Syndrome.
DID YOU KNOW?
Around 1 in every 50,000 children are diagnosed with the condition each year. It tends to be more common in families with a history of allergies or those of an Asian background.