Hematuria, Benign, Familial

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  • Hematuria, Benign, Recurrent
  • Hematuria, Essential
  • Nephropathy, Thin-Basement-Membrane
  • Nephropathy, Thin Glomerular Basement Membrane Disease

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Benign familial hematuria, also known as thin-basement-membrane nephropathy, is a kidney disease that usually begins during childhood. The disorder is characterized by the presence of red blood cells in the urine (hematuria). The blood in the urine may be present in microscopic amounts (microscopic hematuria) and not visible to the eye, present in small amounts that give the urine a "cloudy" or "smoky" appearance, or easily visible. Many individuals with the disorder have abnormalities of the kidney's glomeruli, the clusters of small blood vessels (capillaries) that normally filter the blood passing through the kidneys (glomeruli filtration). In such cases, the membrane (basement membrane) supporting the loops of capillaries that make up the renal glomeruli may be abnormally thin. Benign familial hematuria may be inherited as an autosomal dominant genetic trait.

Supporting Organizations

American Kidney Fund, Inc.

11921 Rockville Pike
Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: (800)638-8299
Email: helpline@kidneyfund.org
Website: http://www.kidneyfund.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc.

104 West 40th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212)629-9770
Fax: (212)629-5652
Tel: (800)633-6628
Email: info@kidneyurology.org
Website: http://www.kidneyurology.org

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Website: http://www.marchofdimes.com

NIH/National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse

3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
Fax: (703)738-4929
Tel: (800)891-5390
Email: nkudic@info.niddk.nih.gov
Website: http://www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/

National Kidney Foundation

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New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)889-2210
Fax: (212)689-9261
Tel: (800)622-9010
Email: info@kidney.org
Website: http://www.kidney.org

Urology Care Foundation

1000 Corporate Blvd
Linthicum, MD 21090
Tel: (410)689-3700
Fax: (410)689-3896
Tel: (800)828-7866
Email: Info@UrologyCareFoundation.org
Website: http://www.urologyhealth.org/

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Last Updated:  12/26/1969
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