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Glomerulonephritis (say "gluh-mair-yuh-loh-nih-FRY-tus") is inflammation of the part of the kidney that filters blood. This part is called th glomerulus. Kidney problems can cause swelling in your face, belly, arms, hands, legs, or feet.
This problem can be caused by an infection or some medicines. It can also be caused by diseases such as diabetes or lupus. Sometimes the cause is not known.
This illness may get better with treatment. But it often leads to long-term (chronic) kidney disease.
Treatment may include:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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