Medical Dictionary: IgA Glomerulonephritis
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IgA Glomerulonephritis: Another name for IgA nephropathy.
IgA Glomerulonephritis (condition): Kidney disease from immunoglobulin.
IgA nephropathy is a kidney disorder caused by
deposits of the protein immunoglobulin A (IgA) inside the glomeruli
(filters) within the kidney. These glomeruli (the singular form is
glomerulus) normally filter wastes and excess water from the blood
and send them to the bladder as urine. The IgA protein prevents this
filtering process, leading to blood and protein in the urine and swelling
in the hands and feet. This chronic kidney disease may progress over a
period of 10 to 20 years. If this disorder leads to end-stage renal
disease, the patient must go on dialysis or receive a kidney transplant.
More information on medical condition: IgA nephropathy:
1. excerpt from IgA Nephropathy: NIDDK
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