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Forum Name: Renal Failure

Question: Can kidney disease be cured or only maintained?

 kengw002 - Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:40 pm

My girlfriend has problems with her kidneys which she is currently seeing the specialists about. It is regarding her kidney producing to much protein or something of that effect and is currently taking steroids as part of her medicines. She is currently about a stage 2/3.

I have read in other information that once you develop a problem such as this that it cannot be fixed completely but can only be slowed down and maintained from here on end (be on medication for the rest of your life)?

Is this true or can treatment fix this kind of problem altogether?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:02 pm

User avatar Hello --

There are quite a few types of kidney disease, but elevated protein in the urine ususally suggests progressive kidney disease which won't go away but can be followed and, if necessary, treated (or vice versa, depending on the stage and if there is an underlying cause that can be found). The underlying cause is usually the best predictor of whether or not the kidney problems can be cured, reversed or at least arrested, or if they are likely to be progressive and require lifelong maintainance. At stage two the disease may still be medically manageable, but probably isn't reversible/curable. Still, this depends upon management of any underlying cause, if there is one.

Hopefully this is helpful. Good luck to you both.

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