Glomerunephritis: How We Treat

How is Glomerunephritis treated?

In the majority of cases (85%), no treatment is needed for the glomerulonephritis itself. Sometimes there is related high blood pressure, and that does require treatment until it improves. Often your doctor will begin treating high blood pressure in this condition with the advice of the pediatric nephrologist. Your doctor may refer you to a nephrologist, especially if the disease appears to be more severe than usual.

In severe cases putting kidney function at risk, the nephrologist has the experience to suggest treatments that have been shown to help. A biopsy is not generally needed in diagnosis and treating the first signs of acute glomerulonephritis or IgA nephropathy, but your child’s nephrologist can help you decide if a kidney biopsy might be necessary. In a biopsy, a very tiny piece of the kidney is examined under a microscope to determine an exact diagnosis and identify the degree of injury to the glomeruli to see if treatment is required.