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Pediatric Nephrotic Syndrome

Key Points about Nephrotic Syndrome

  • Nephrotic syndrome occurs when too much protein called albumin is released from the body into the urine. It means that one or both kidneys are damaged.
  • The most common type is called minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS). With MCNS, a child has times when symptoms get worse (relapses). But the condition can be managed over time.
  • During the first episode of nephrotic syndrome, your child may need to stay in the hospital.
  • Medicines may be used to treat initial symptoms and relapses.
  • The diet for a child with nephrotic syndrome may include limiting salt and fluids.
  • In rare cases, a child may develop kidney failure and need dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that filters waste and extra fluid from the blood.
  • What is nephrotic syndrome?
  • What causes nephrotic syndrome in a child?
  • What are the symptoms of nephrotic syndrome in a child?
  • How is nephrotic syndrome diagnosed?
  • How is nephrotic syndrome treated?
  • What are the possible complications of nephrotic syndrome?
  • How can I help my child manage nephrotic syndrome?
  • When should I contact health care provider about nephrotic syndrome?
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Gabriella was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, which meant her kidneys were leaking protein.

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