Nephrotic Syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a condition that is defined in the absence of protein in the urine (called proteinuria) due to the increased permeability of the glomerulus and a deficiency in the process of filtration of proteins. The result is lower levels of albumin in the blood. The lower amounts of proteins in the blood results in the dripping of fluids into soft tissues. Hyperalbuminemia in its most severe form may lead to numerous other diseases, such as Ascites (retention of fluids within abdomen cavity) and the pleural effusion (build-up of fluids between the lungs as well as the chest) or high cholesterol.

Nephrotic Syndrome Causes

Nephrotic syndrome is mainly caused by damage to the kidneys. This leads to an increase in the concentration of protein in the urine. it can be caused by glomerulonephritis or damage to the glomerulus of the kidneys. While in children the most common cause is minimal change disease. In adults it is membranous nephropathy

Dietary recommendations are made for Nephrotic Syndrome:

In patients diagnosed with Nephrotic syndrome, the intake of salt, fat and protein must be checked. Also intake of water is restricted depending on patient's condition. It is recommended to consult a nephrologist who can guide you appropriately.

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