Lupus-induced Kidney Damage Explained by Expert to Mark Lupus Awareness Month


Lupus Awareness Month in May was established to increase public awareness and understanding of this autoimmune disease. Many people still know very little about lupus and its detrimental impact on the body. A key aspect of the disease that often goes unnoticed is kidney damage.

Baylor College of Medicine‘s Dr. Rajeev Raghavan explains the impact that lupus can have on your kidneys.

“We don’t know what causes lupus, but it is believed to be secondary to a number of different factors, such as genetic, environmental or hormonal factors. The result is that lupus affects multiple organ systems, including the kidneys,” Raghavan, associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, said in a press release.

Kidneys are the key organs that filter waste products from the blood, one of their main functions. They also control the body’s fluid balance and regulate vitamin D levels and hormones that help control blood pressure and blood volume.

“Since lupus is an autoimmune disease, the result is antibody formation, which attack organs, including the kidneys, and result in inflammation,” Raghavan said. “Around 40 percent of patients with lupus have kidney disease, and this is detectable by examining the urine for blood or protein.” Continue reading

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