Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis is the scar tissue that forms in parts of the kidney’s called glomeruli. Glomeruli are the filters that rid the body of harmful substances and waste. There are many symptoms of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. They are included in the list below.
The top ten focal segmental glomerulosclerosis facts are:
1. There are several symptoms of kidney disease known as glomerulosclerosis. These include foamy urine, loss of appetite, swelling of the body such as ankles, wrists, hands and face as well as weight gain.
2. The diagnosis is based on edema and/or elevated blood pressure.
3. Treatments for kidney or renal disease are antibiotics, dialysis, fluid restrictions, kidney transplant, high blood pressure medications, and Vitamin D supplements. Your medical professional may also be put on a kidney disease diet which would include a low protein, salt free diet.
4. More than half of the patients diagnosed with glomerulosclerosis develop chronic kidney failure within ten years.
5. Diabetics are at risk to develop diabetic glomerulosclerosis as well as nodular glomerulosclerosis.
6. The majority of kidney failure is due to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.
7. Signs of glomerulosclerosis are proteinuria which is large amounts of protein in the urine. About fifteen percent of people with proteinuria have glomerulosclerosis.
8. Glomerulosclerosis can develop in children and adults resulting in different types of conditions.
9. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis may also be caused by infections or drug use although most causes of the disease are unknown.
10. Scarred glomeruli cannot be repaired. Patients gradually worsen until they reach end stage renal failure. The only alternatives then are dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Glomerulosclerosis in any form is extremely serious, even more so if you are diabetic. If you are showing any signs of kidney failure, you should see your physician as soon as possible. As with most diseases, the chance of a more positive outcome is greater with early detection.