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Lupus Nephritis Diagnosis: Now in a nutshell in this video [FEB 2023 UPDATE]

Lupus Nephritis Diagnosis in easy-to-understand language:

FEB 2023 Update: See the 1st video below. It goes over the importance of diagnosing lupus nephritis as fast as possible, how it is diagnosed, what the symptoms of lupus nephritis are, what to do if diagnosed with lupus nephritis, medications, diet, and other important wellness tips. The video is by Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, Aurinia, and Dr. Donald Thomas.

Diagram of kidney in lupus nephritis

40% of SLE patients will develop kidney inflammation (lupus nephritis diagnosis)

Lupus inflammation of the kidneys (lupus nephritis diagnosis, LN) video below:

– A lupus nephritis diagnosis affects 40% – 50% of SLE patients
– People with lupus nephritis do not feel badly until it becomes severe. Many people are surprised to hear this, but this is why we ask lupus patients to give us a urine sample regularly even when they feel great. When symptoms such as swelling, high blood pressure, and fatigue occur, there is usually significant damage already being done.
– This is why your rheumatologist asks you to do a urine sample every 3 months (hopefully)
– This is why you should do a frequent urine sample. The faster it is diagnosed, the faster it is treated, the higher the chances for remission
– These are unprecedented times for LN. We have the 1st two ever FDA-approved drugs for LN
Lupkynis (voclosporin, 1/22/21) and Benlysta (belimumab, 12/17/20)
– Both of these drugs greatly increase the chances for remission, allowing less usage of steroids

– We are able to diagnose and treat a lupus nephritis diagnosis better than ever. The recommendations in this video are in line with what the experts recommend, but it is in easy-to-understand terms. The first step is to identify as fast as we can by getting a urine sample and looking for excessive protein in the urine.

– Preventing and treating lupus nephritis takes a lot more than taking drugs. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, exercising regularly, practicing mindfulness, learning how to lower stress, seeing your doctors regularly are all important.


  • How it is diagnosed
  • What the symptoms of lupus nephritis are
  • What treatments are used
  • Importance of diet and other lifestyle habit changes
  • the promise of newer, better drugs that are FDA approved for lupus nephritis like Benlysa and Lupkynis
  • See a comparison of Benlysta vs Lupkynis for lupus nephritis at the link in this sentence

     – Brought to you by Aurinia, Lupus Chick, The Lupus Foundation of New England, and Don Thomas, MD


Don Thomas, MD, author of “The Lupus Encyclopedia” and “The Lupus Secrets

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