Glomerulonephritis, also known as nephritis or nephritic syndrome, is a group of kidney diseases that attack the glomeruli, the tiny structures in the kidneys that filter waste and excess fluids from the blood. If left untreated, the kidneys can be damaged and eventually stop working completely, resulting in end-stage kidney (renal) failure. Both adults and children can develop glomerulonephritis.
There are 18 different types of glomerulonephritis, or glomular diseases. Some types are acute and some are chronic. The acute forms come on suddenly. You may develop an acute form after a skin or throat infection, such as strep. The chronic forms may develop over a period of years and present no symptoms until they are advanced.
Because glomular diseases are related to other diseases in other systems in the body, the best patient outcomes depend on expert diagnosis and treatment by highly trained specialists. Early intervention and treatment can be critical in slowing kidney function loss.
Mount Sinai's level of experience in diagnosing and treating patients with glomular diseases is superior. A major referral center for patients with kidney disease or suspected kidney diseases, we offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical evaluation and treatment. This includes patients having access to the newest diagnostic procedures and therapies, such as advanced renal imaging not offered at most medical centers, kidney (renal) biopsy testing, expert biopsy evaluation, and specialized blood and urine testing. In addition, we offer advanced genetic testing and, when appropriate, the opportunity for patients to participate in clinical trials.
Our physicians diagnose and treat every type of glomular disease, including:
- Diabetic Nephropathy
- Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
- Membranous Nephropathy
- Lupus Nephritis
Our Multidisciplinary Approach
Our physicians offer a multidisciplinary team approach personalized to the needs of each patient. Our kidney physicians (nephrologists) work together with specialists in pathology, rheumatology, and hematology, as well as with other specialists, to provide comprehensive, coordinated care. Because we part of one of the nation's leading hospitals and a highly-ranked medical school, we are able to draw on its vast resources including medical experts and researchers in a wide range of disciplines.
Just as importantly, our teams work in close collaboration with your referring physician or primary care provider at each step in your care. No matter what point in the care continuum you are, we are here to care for you and support you.