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IgA nephropathy is a chronic kidney disease. It progresses over 10 to 20 years, and can lead to end-stage renal disease. It is caused by deposits of the protein immunoglobulin A (IgA) inside the filters (glomeruli) in the kidney. These glomeruli normally filter waste and excess water from the blood and send them to the bladder as urine. However, the IgA protein prevents this filtering process. This may lead to the following:
This is the most common cause of inflammation in the glomerulus. It is more common in Caucasian and Asian people. It is most often found in people 20 to 30 years of age.
Your doctor will review your medical history and do a physical exam. Other tests may include:
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment based on:
Treatment may include:
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