Proteinuria

Below you will find more information about Proteinuria from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Proteinuria it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Proteinuria and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Proteinuria comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Proteinuria is a condition in which the urine contains a relatively abnormal amounts of proteins or the albumin. This can be because the glomeruli in our kidneys are damaged allowing the protein from our blood to exit to the urine. This condition is also being linked to some cardiovascular diseases.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis for proteinuria involves examining the urine sample using a chemically treated paper. The paper will change its color when dipped into the sample with presence of too much protein.

Treatment

Becuase Proteinuria has been linked as a symptom for cardiovascular diseases, it is more likely to treat the causant disease like diabetes and hypertension. It is then done first by controlling the blood glucose level and and maintaining healthy blood pressure. The doctor may also prescribe a medicine to protect the kidneys like angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. Taking ACE inhibitor or ARB are also helpful for patients with high blood pressure and proteinuria.

Symptoms and Signs

Because of the very high amount of albumin present in the urine, the urine may look foamy. Patients will also have swelling in the hands, face, feet, or the abdomen.

Causes

Proteinuria can be associated as a symptom for diabetes and hypertension. Proteinuria is caused by the kidney's failure to filter albumin into the organ thereby allowing it to escape to the urine.

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