Live well with Anemia and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)2013-03-06 17:11
Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a kind of glomerular epithelial cell diseases and anemia can become a common complication as the disease develops. How to help patients with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis live a better life?
FSGS affects both children and adults. Men and boys are affected slightly more often than women and girls. It causes about 20-25% of all cases of Nephrotic Syndrome. The common symptoms of FSGS include proteinuria, poor appetite, swelling and weight gain and so on. Anemia can make FSGS patients feel fatigue and sick, which influences the treatment effect and discounts the quality of life. What causes anemia for FSGS patients?
As FSGS develops, the damaged kidneys are not able to produce enough erythropoietin (EPO) which is a necessary material for the generation of red blood cells. Also the harmful substances accumulating in the body can restrain hematopoietic ability of bone marrow and shorten the lifetime of red blood cells. So the root cause of anemia among FSGS patients is the kidney damage and poor kidney function.
Though the iron supplement and reasonable diet can improve anemia to some extent, treating FSGS itself is the most important thing. In the clinical, the conventional treatment for FSGS means using steroid drugs or immunotherapy agents to eliminate proteinuria. However, FSGS is such a kind of disease which does not respond to steroid drugs well, so the treatment effect is not that good. Proteinuria and kidney damage can affect each other, with the loss of more kidney function, anemia can become more and more severe, and FSGS is likely to develop Chronic Renal Failure which needs dialysis or kidney transplant.
If your condition does not respond to the treatment you are taking now, then you can try Chinese herbal medicines which have been used in China. The goal of Chinese herbal medicines is to eliminate those immune complexes depositing on glomerular epithelial cell, repair kidney damage and enhance kidney function through degradation, expanding blood vessels, promoting blood circulation, removing blood stasis and providing nutrition for damaged kidneys. Anemia can be improved greatly with the enhancement of kidney function. However, the treatment effect can be influenced by many factors, so is it convenient for you to tell us more about your condition?
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