What is lupus nephritis?
Lupus nephritis is permanent kidney damage caused by lupus, an autoimmune disease. Lupus nephritis happens when your immune system attacks your kidneys. Your kidneys are vital to life – they filter your blood and remove waste and extra fluid from your body. When your kidneys are damaged, they do not work as well as they should.
Stay looped in on your kidney health
Get your kidney function tested regularly. If lupus nephritis causes permanent damage to your kidneys, your kidneys may stop working completely. This is called kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to live. The only way to know if your kidneys are damaged is to get tested. Finding and treating lupus nephritis early can help prevent serious damage.
It takes a village
Because lupus can affect many different parts of your body, the lupus treatment team includes different health care professionals. Keeping everyone on your team looped in on your health is important.
Download a lupus nephritis guide
Get looped in on lupus nephritis to protect your kidneys. Download an easy-to-understand guide to learn more.
Who is more likely to get lupus nephritis?
- 9 in 10 people with lupus are women.
- Lupus is more common in Black women.
- About 50% of adults with lupus develop lupus nephritis.
- Lupus nephritis typically occurs in people aged 20-40 years.
- Blacks, Hispanics, and Asian Americans are more likely to have lupus nephritis than whites.
Meet your treatment team
Download this guide to learn more about the health care professionals on your lupus nephritis treatment team and important questions to ask at your next appointment.
Download this helpful guide
How much do you know about lupus and the kidneys?
Take a quick quiz to learn about lupus nephritis. It's time to get looped in!
This quiz is purely informational and should not take the place of consultation with your physician or any medical diagnosis.
Your mind matters
Everyday life can be overwhelming, especially when you are living with a chronic disease like lupus nephritis. Are you dealing with stress, anxiety, or fatigue? There are steps you can take each day to take care of your mental health.
Get more information about lupus nephritis
Visit our lupus nephritis page to learn more about this autoimmune disease.
You are your kidneys' best advocate.
Know your risk for lupus nephritis. Find out what you can do to protect your kidneys. Be engaged with your healthcare. Speak up to get the tests, treatment, and care you need.
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