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What Causes Proteinuria in Glomerulonephritis

What Causes Proteinuria in GlomerulonephritisGlomerulonephritis refers to an ailment that affects the kidneys, wherein its tiny filters- glomeruli, get impaired or inflamed. This may results in protein, which circulate in the blood normally, passing into the urine.

Definition of glomeruli

As the filters of the kidneys, glomeruli can filter the blood and make urine. In normal condition, macro-molecules like proteins, cells such as red blood cells do not pass through the filter and are retained within the blood as they are essential for health.

Due to immune disorder, there will be massive immune complexes deposited in the kidneys and lead to inflammation of the glomeruli. In this case, substances which are normal preserved in the circulation escape into the urine through the filtration mechanism. Consequently, protein and red blood cells appear in the urine. The amount of protein can be measured by collecting urine for a 24 hour period.

Proteinuria is described based on the scale as below:

• trace = less than 150 mg/24h

• 1+ = 200~500 mg/24h

• ++ or 2+ = 500~1500 mg/24h

• +++ or 3+ = over 2500 mg/24h

• ++++ or 4+ = over 3000 mg/24h

Proteinuria may accelerate the progression of Glomerulonephritis to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). It is a must to get rid of this problem as soon as possible. For more information about natural remedy for protein in urine, please refer to articles as below:  Herbs for Protein in Urine in Kidney Disease     How to Treat Foamy Urine

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