Understanding Glomerular Disease in Children



Understanding Glomerular Diseases


Your kidneys have about one million tiny filter units called nephrons. Each nephron has a glomerulus. More than one glomerulus is called glomeruli. Glomeruli work like strainers and perform the function of blood filtration.


One or more of the following can be the first sign of glomerular disease:



  • Blood in the urine (hematuria): Glomerular disease can cause glomeruli to leak blood into the urine. The urine may look pink or light brown.


  • Protein in the urine (proteinuria): Glomerular disease can cause the glomeruli to leak protein into the urine. The urine may be foamy because of the protein.


  • Edema: Glomerular disease can cause fluid to build up in the body. The extra fluid can cause swelling in body parts like hands, ankles, or around the eyes.



If you notice one or all these symptoms in your child, be sure to see your healthcare provider right away.


Content source: Kidshealth


 

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