Care and Treatment
Defining Lupus Nephritis
People who have systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus) who have kidney issues may have lupus nephritis. Lupus and lupus nephritis are two different diseases.
Your kidneys work to remove waste from your blood and to manage the amount of fluids in your body. People with lupus nephritis have kidneys that don't work well. When kidney disease caused by lupus gets worse it could lead to kidney failure. When a person's kidneys fail, they will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Diagnosing Lupus Nephritis
Our specialists will diagnose lupus nephritis through a series of consultations and tests, including but not limited to:
- Same day patient evaluations with a rheumatologist and a nephrologist
- Urine test
- Blood test
- Kidney biopsy
- Watch: Kidney Biopsy Video
Our clinic services also include:
- Social work consults
- Pharmacy consults
- Education and self- management tools
- Ongoing management of complex medications and care coordination
- Referrals to other specialists
Our team focuses on keeping your kidneys healthy and working. We do this through careful evaluation, early diagnosis, controlling kidney inflammation, preserving kidney health, reducing treatment/medication side effects and preventing flare-ups.