Lupus Nephritis Urine Samples: What They Tell Us
You will learn:
– Why getting a lupus nephritis urine sample is important for all systemic lupus patients
– How to properly collect a urine specimen: Systemic lupus patients should give a urine sample every 3 months as per the 2020 EULAR (European Union League Against Rheumatism) guidelines that were developed for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lupus nephritis. Catching a mid-stream clean catch sample is best.
– The symptoms of lupus nephritis
Did you know that the most common symptom of early lupus nephritis is no symptoms at all?
– The different kinds of lupus nephritis. We divide them into 5 classes. Classes I and II generally do not need treated. Class VI requires dialysis. There is an unclassed type called “lupus podocytopathy” as well.
– How it is diagnosed. The kidney biopsy is most important for diagnosis.
– The importance of diet, exercise, mindfulness. Practicing “The Lupus Secrets” is one of the best things you can do!
– How it is treated
– What happens when it is not treated. Classes III, IV usually result in complete kidney failure and the need for dialysis when not treated. This occurs almost 100% of the time. Yet, many patients can go into remission with treatment if diagnosed and treated quickly.
– How to get the most out of virtual online doctor visits.
– An online support group for people who have lupus nephritis.