Nephrology In the Department of Medicine

Glomerular Disease Center - Treatment

Treatment varies depending on the cause of the disorder, and the type and severity of symptoms. Some treatment options are:

Blood Pressure Control
High blood pressure may be difficult to control, and it is generally the most important aspect of treatment.

Medicines that may be prescribed include:
Blood pressure medications are often needed to control high blood pressure. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers are most commonly prescribed.

Immuno Suppression with Steroids
Corticosteroids may relieve symptoms in some cases.  Other medications that suppress the immune system may also be prescribed, depending on the cause of the condition.

Plasmapheresis
A procedure called plasmapheresis may be used for some cases of glomerulonephritis due to immune-related causes. The fluid part of the blood containing antibodies is removed and replaced with intravenous fluids or donated plasma (without antibodies). Removing antibodies may reduce inflammation in the kidney tissues.

Behavioral Changes
Dietary restrictions on salt, fluids, protein, and other substances are often recommended.

In addition to these treatments, Stanford may have experimental treatment options available.

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