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Management of Pleural Effusion Caused by Nephrotic Syndrome

Management of Pleural Effusion Caused by Nephrotic SyndromePleural effusion is common in patients with Nephrotic Syndrome. This symptoms is probably the combination of decreased plasma oncotic pressure and increased hydrostatic pressure. The increased hydrostatic pressure is due to salt retention producing hypervolemia. How to manage pleural effusion caused by Nephrotic Syndrome?

The treatment of pleural effusion associated with Nephrotic Syndrome should be aimed at decreasing the protein loss in the urine to increase the plasma protein and to decrease the increased extracellular volume.


Diuretics can flush out the fluid from body and increase urine output so as to ease edema.

Restrict the intake of sodium and water

Sodium can retain water in the body so as to worsen edema. Therefore, you had better restrict the intake of food high in sodium, such as table salt, canned food, pickles, some condiments, etc.

Control protein consumption

You should supplement moderate high quality protein, such as egg white, lean meat and poultry without skin. This can increase your plasma oncotic pressure so as to relieve pleural effusion.

Medical treatment for pleural effusion

Injecting plasma albumin is a direct way to improve plasma oncotic pressure. Steroids are also often used together to inhibit kidney inflammation and decrease the protein leakage. In addition, ACEI and ARBs are used to lower blood pressure, reduce proteinuria and protect kidney function.

Improve kidney function

The above treatment can help you alleviate pleural effusion. But only when you repair the damaged kidneys and improve kidney function can you avoid pleural effusion. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is a kind of TCM treatment. It can dilate blood vessels to increase blood flow into the kidneys. It can also remove inflammatory factors from the blood to eliminate kidney inflammation. Moreover, it can degrade extracellular matrix to stop kidney fibrosis. There are also some other adjunctive therapies, such as foot bath, steam therapy, circle therapy, etc. With comprehensive treatment, your kidneys regain their ability and then edema disappears.

Now you have known the management of pleural effusion caused by Nephrotic Syndrome. Hope it can help you alleviate the suffering and live a normal life.

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