July 27, 2011

Do Current Standards for Determining Lupus Kidney Flares Need Revision?

From our latest research e-newsletter:

Experts generally agree that excessive protein in the urine is a common symptom of lupus nephritis, or inflammation of the kidney. However, there is little agreement about how much of an increase in urinary protein indicates a flare. Establishing agreement on what constitutes a flare of lupus kidney disease could help identify the true status of the kidney in people with lupus. The researchers aimed to define normal fluctuations in levels of urinary protein in people with lupus kidney disease who are not experiencing a flare. 

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