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Glomerulonephritis is a Kidney Disease That May Eventually Lead to Transplant

Husband and wife posing for the camera Glomerulonephritis is a condition in which the filters in the kidneys (the glomeruli) become irritated and inflamed. Sometimes referred to as glomerular disease, it can develop suddenly (acute onset) or it can progress slowly over time (chronic onset). Glomerulonephritis can also be triggered by another underlying condition, such as lupus or diabetes. As glomerulonephritis progresses, the glomeruli, which are responsible for filtering fluid, electrolytes, and waste from the blood stream, lose their ability to properly function. This means that toxins can start to accumulate in the body, leading to potentially serious complications such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Fluid retention (especially in the hands and feet)
  • Foamy or unusually colored urine
  • Fatigue
  • Nephrotic syndrome (too much protein in the urine; not enough protein in the blood)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Acute kidney failure

Sudden-onset glomerulonephritis occasionally resolves on its own, but most patients require medications or dialysis to keep their condition under control. If end-stage kidney failure occurs, a patient’s nephrologist or dialysis center physician may recommend a kidney transplant. Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program has accepted many transplant candidates who have been diagnosed with glomerulonephritis. Certain criteria must be met (we will use the patient’s physician-submitted referral form to determine candidacy for the procedure) - but due to our expertise we are capable of performing transplants for patients with challenging cases.

To learn more about our transplant requirements for patients with glomerulonephritis, contact us at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 to connect with our kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or you can call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.