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Lupus nephritis

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Lupus nephritis is a kidney disorder that is a complication of systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), commonly known as lupus.[1] The symptoms of lupus nephritis include blood in the urine, a foamy appearance to the urine, high blood pressure, and swelling in any part of the body.[1] This condition typically occurs in people aged 20 to 40 years.[2] Treatment may involve medications to suppress the immune system, dialysis, or a kidney transplant.[1] 

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Last updated: 11/24/2010


  1. Borigini MJ. Systemic lupus erythematosus. MedlinePlus. February 7, 2010; Accessed 11/24/2010.
  2. Brent LH, Hamed FA. Nephritis, Lupus. eMedicine. June 23, 2009; Accessed 11/24/2010.
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