Lupus Nephritis is a term used when Lupus attacks kidneys. The diagnosis of Lupus Nephritis usually begins with a disease history and evaluation of symptoms. If you are suspected to have Lupus Nephritis, you had better take the following tests to confirm it.
Urinalysis is used to test a sample of your urine that can indicate how well kidneys are working. It can detect protein, creatinine, red blood cells, and white blood cells in urine.
● Blood tests
These tests such as creatinine and BUN test can provide information about how well kidneys are filtering waste products and toxins.
● 24-hour urine collection
On one hand, this test can measure the total urine output in 24 hours, and on the other hand, it determines the amount of protein in urine over 24 hours.
● Kidney biopsy
To do a kidney biopsy, the doctor inserts a long needle into the kidney and then takes a sample of kidney tissue. This test can detect the extent of kidney damage.
● Immunologic test
Through testing various antibodies such as antinuclear antibodies and anti-ds DNA, this test can distinguish Lupus Nephritis from other kidney diseases and help doctors to develop a correct treatment plan.
What can Lupus Nephritis patients get from the above tests?
No matter what kidney disease you have, getting a correct diagnosis should be your first step. From the above tests, you can get the following informations:
- The types of your kidney disease
- The extent of your kidney damage
- The level of your kidney function and GFR
- What medications and diet is suitable for you
The above tests can help you make a correct Lupus Nephritis diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with this disease, you should take correct treatments and diet as soon as possible to prevent kidney failure.