Membranous Nephropathy Basics: Causes and Diagnosis

Membranous Nephropathy Basics: Causes and Diagnosis Membranous Nephropathy refers to a kidney disorder in which the glomerular become thickened and inflamed. And it is usually characterized by large amounts of protein in the urine. In this article, we mainly talk about its causes and diagnosis, read on and you can find the answer.


In clinical, this disease can be divided into two categories: primary and secondary. In recent decades, it’s known that the occurrence of this disorder has close connection with abnormal immune system. And the causes of secondary membranous nephropathy can be concluded like this:

Immune diseases: Systemic lupus erythematosus(SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, etc.

Infections: Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis and so on.

Certain medications: Such as anti-inflammatory drugs.

Tumors: Lung cancer, lymphoma, etc.

Others: Sarcoidosis, sickle-cell disease and so on.


In general, tests for this disease may include:

Routine urine test:In most cases, this method can be used to identify the amount of protein in urine. Besides, it can show the concentration of urine.

Glomerular filtration rate(GFR) test: This method can be used to tell how much kidney function you have.

B ultrasound or CT scan: During the treatment, it can help examine the structure of kidneys and other adjacent kidney tissues.

Kidney biopsy: With the help of needles, a small piece of kidney tissue will be taken from the damaged kidneys. Under microscopic examination, it can help identify how much damage has occurred.

Except for the above tests, experts at our Peking Tung Shin Tang Chinese Medical Hospital also provide some special tests. If you are interested in this, you can send us After careful research, our doctors will provide you an individualized test in time.

If you happen to be a person with membranous nephropathy, we really hope you can benefit a lot. More detailed information about this disease, feel free to consult with our professional doctor or leave us message below. Best wishes!


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