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Indications of Plasma Exchange in Lupus Nephritis

2012-12-12 08:50

Lupus Nephritis is a very common complication of SLE. If it can not be controlled well, condition will develop into Renal Failure. And plasma exchange is usually used during the treatment for Lupus Nephritis. Here we will talk about indications of plasma exchange in Lupus Nephritis.

Plasma exchange is a kind of blood purification techniques. Compared with dialysis, the indications of plasma exchange are more extensive. It can eliminate substances which dialysis can not eliminate. While for Lupus Nephritis patients, what are the indications of plasma exchange?

Lupus Nephritis occurs when lupus autoantibodies affect the filtering structures (glomeruli) of your kidneys. This abnormal process results in kidney inflammation and may lead to blood in urine, proteinuria, impaired kidney function or even Renal Failure. Circulating immune complexes and in situ immune complexes are the important pathogenesis of Lupus Nephritis. The indications of plasma exchange include immune complexes and the inflammatory factors. The plasma exchange can help Lupus Nephritis eliminate the circulating immune complexes and the inflammatory factors, which decreases the creatinine level and avoids the further kidney damage. Other indications of plasma exchange in Lupus Nephritis include nausea, vomiting, lupus, cholesterol and so on. We can say that plasma exchange is an efficient treatment for Lupus Nephritis patients.

Besides Lupus Nephritis, lupus can also destroy lungs. Plasma exchange can make the pneumorrhagia of 90% of patients to be controlled. Invasive lesions in lungs will be eliminated and pulmonary ventilation function will be improved at the same time, so pneumorrhagia is also a indication of plasma exchange.

Only plasma exchange is not enough. The Chinese herbal medicines still will be used to eliminate the immune complexes depositing on kidneys and repair the kidney damage and enhance kidney function. Otherwise, Lupus Nephritis will develop Renal Failure sooner or later. So the real treatment for Lupus Nephritis must be a comprehensive and systemic therapy. You can leave us a message, if you still have confusions about the indications of plasma exchange in Lupus Nephritis.

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