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What to Do with Steroid-Dependence for Nephrotic Syndrome Patients

What to Do with Steroid-Dependence for Nephrotic Syndrome PatientsAs we all know, steroids are the commonly used treatment for Nephrotic Syndrome patients. But some patients are steroid-dependent. That is to say, they have to take steroids for long-term to control their disease well, while long-term steroid intake can bring a lot of side effects for patients. What to do with steroid-dependence for Nephrotic Syndrome patients? Read on to learn Tiantian’s story.

Tiantian is 7 years old, but he has been with disease for 3 years. In these years, his parents took him to many places for treatment.

3 years ago, because of leg swelling, he was taken to hospital for examination and then was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome. After a period of steroid treatment, swelling disappeared and then he discharged from hospital.

The first relapse: when he went back home and began to taper steroid intake, swelling recurred. At this time, he was taken to a kidney disease hospital in Beijing. Steroids and Chinese medicine were used together. After 23 days’ treatment, urine protein turned negative. But because of high cost, he was taken home.

The second relapse: when steroid was tapered, leg swelling appeared again. At this time, he did not go to hospital in Beijing and chose a local hospital for treatment. His 24h urine protein was 3.8g and urine protein was 4+. But after 2 months’ treatment, swelling did not disappear and urine protein fluctuated from 2+ to 3+. When seeing the effect, his parents took him to Beijing again. After another 2 months’ treatment, urine protein turned negative and swelling disappeared.

However, the good effect did not last long, his disease relapsed again. After these years’ treatment, Tiantian’s mother had a good knowledge of this disease. She did not want her kid to take steroids any more. When hearing about Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, she took Tiantian here for a try.

When he came here, he had severe swelling . After tests, he had urine protein 4+ and 24h urine protein was 11.88g. After communication, Dr.Stone got to know that he was treated with steroids for 3 years and he has had steroid-dependence on this medicine. As long as he began to reduce steroid intake, his disease recurred. At the beginning of treatment, he was treated with steroids about 32 mg per day, and during treatment, his steroid intake reduced to 4mg per day.
What to Do with Steroid-Dependence for Nephrotic Syndrome Patients

What to Do with Steroid-Dependence for Nephrotic Syndrome Patients

After having a clear mind of Tiantian’s condition, Dr.Stone made two kind of treatment plan. On one hand, steroids were used to stabilize his disease. On the other hand, Chinese medicine therapies were adopted to take the place of steroids. Via oral Chinese medicine and external Chinese medicine, toxins can be cleared away from body, which could help them recover to achieve the goal of treatment.

After a period of treatment, Tiantian’s steroid intake reduced to 1mg per day, swelling disappeared and urine protein turned negative. Moreover, his 24h urine protein reduced to 0.11g. When seeing the test report, Tiantian’s mother felt very happy. At this time, he did not discharge from hospital in a hurry. Because steroid was just reduced to 1mg per day, he needed treatment to reinforce the effect.
What to Do with Steroid-Dependence for Nephrotic Syndrome Patients

What to Do with Steroid-Dependence for Nephrotic Syndrome Patients

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