Kidney Diseases

Etiology: There are several types of problems that may occur to the kidney or bladder.

Glomerulonephritis occurs when the minute filtering units of the kidney become swollen and inflamed. There are 2 forms of glomerulonephritis that affect children. Cystitis is infection of the bladder , and pyelonephritis is an infection of the kidney. Pyelonephritis can be chronic or acute. A kidney infection is often serious, requiring hospitalization.

Bright's disease involves nephritis, a chronic inflammation of the kidneys, and it is characterized by blood/protein in the urine with associated hypertension and edema. The kidney can not properly excrete salt and other wastes, resulting in retention of salt and water (edema). When the bloodstream becomes toxic with wastes due to kidney malfunction, uremia develops.

SYMPTOMS: The symptoms include chills, fever, urgency and frequency of urination, back and abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. The urine is cloudy and often bloody. Pain may be sudden to intense in the back just above the waist and running down to the groin. See the doctor if you have these symptoms.

Omit iron supplements while this problem exists.





Women having recurrent bladder or kidney infections should not use tampons, and should always wear cotton underwear. Never Nylon.

Recurrent urinary tract infections indicate the possibility of a serious underlying problem------See The Doctor!

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