Nephrology – Kidney Disease

Glomerulonerphitis (GN)

One of the most important functions of your kidneys is removing waste from the blood by filtering out toxins and extra fluids and producing urine. The glomeruli are the tiny filters in the kidneys that actually do the filtering. Glomerulonephritis is the disease that causes inflammation or scarring that interferes with the kidney filtering function.

About Glomerulonephritis

This group of diseases attacks your glomeruli, the tiny structures in the kidneys that filter blood and remove waste products and fluids from it. If left untreated, the kidneys can be damaged and eventually stop working completely. This can result in end-stage kidney failure. Both adults and children can develop these conditions.

There are more than a dozen types of glomerulonephritis. The acute forms come on suddenly and may be caused by a bacterial infection, such as strep throat. Chronic glomerulonephritis may develop over a period of years and present no symptoms until it is advanced.

Symptoms of the disease include blood or protein in the urine and swelling of the hands, legs, or eyes.

Our physicians diagnose and treat every type of glomerular disease, including those caused by diabetes, lupus, and multiple myeloma.

Treatments We Offer

Glomerulonephritis is related to your immune system and diseases that affect your immune system. Expert medical advice is required to diagnose and treat both the underlying disease and the resulting kidney condition. In addition, it is important to get a diagnosis and treatment early enough to prevent serious loss of kidney function. To treat glomerulonephritis and related conditions, our kidney specialists work closely with rheumatologists and other medical specialists.

Mount Sinai uses state-of-the-art diagnostics such as advanced kidney imaging, kidney biopsy and biopsy evaluation, and specialized blood and urine testing. Ask your doctor about genetic testing and clinical trials.

Our level of experience means the best care for you. Each type of glomerular disease requires specific treatment. In general, controlling your blood pressure and taking diuretics to reduce swelling may be part of your treatment plan.

We personalize a treatment plan just for you. Your care may involve pathology, rheumatology, and hematology specialists working together. We also work closely with your referring doctor so you have support every step of the way.