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Should I Be Alarmed About Gross Hematuria with IgA Nephropathy

Question: I was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy 4 years ago. So far i haven’t had gross hematuria until few days ago when I noticed that my urine was colored pinkish. It happened for 3 consecutive episodes and was resolved after. Should I be alarmed?

Should I Be Alarmed About Gross Hematuria with IgA NephropathyAnswer: IgA Nephropathy is the most common form of glomerulonephritis in the world. And it usually progresses slowly to kidney failure. Its typical symptom is frequent blood urine. Now as we can see that it happened for 3 consecutive episodes, which indicates that your IgA Nephropathy becomes active.

How does IgA Nephropathy cause gross hematuria?

It is widely acknowledged that IgA Nephropathy is caused by immunoglobulin A trapping in the mesangial area of glomeruli. In order to dissolve them, your kidneys launch inflammatory reaction. Inflammation can increase the permeability of capillaries so that red blood cells which should be retained in the blood leaks out of your body, leading to hematuria. Gross hematuria means there are a lot of red blood cells.

How to control hematuria for IgA Nephropathy patients?

If you just have hematuria, it can be left alone, because it usually turns to microscopic hematuria in 8-36 hours. But you had better stay in bed to have a good rest and drink some water to increase urine output in case that blood become clotted to block your urethra. Besides, gross hematuria is usually caused by some infections, such as fever, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, etc. Therefore, it is necessary for you to eliminate those underlying causes.

Though your IgA Nephropathy is not very severe, you should take treatment aggressively to stabilize it so as to prevent kidney failure. Immunotherapy can regulate the abnormal immune system and help you protect your kidney function very well. Maybe you can have a try.

You should be alarmed about gross hematuria with IgA Nephropathy. For more information, please contact online doctor or leave a message below.

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