Goodpasture's Syndrome Treatment
Treatment for Goodpasture's syndrome may include oral corticosteroids, plasmapheresis, immunosuppressive medications, kidney diet, and antihypertensive medications. Some may require kidney dialysis for renal failure. Kidney transplant may be an option for some patients.
The three goals to therapy for Goodpasture's syndrome are:
- Remove circulating antibody as quickly as possible.
- Stop production of antibodies using medications that suppress the immune system.
- Remove the drug or offending agent that may have initiated the antibody production.
Treatment for Goodpasture's syndrome may include:
- Plasmapheresis for Goodpasture's syndrome:
- Filters abnormal antibodies from the blood
- Medications that suppress the immune system:
- Commonly given to those who are also receiving medications that suppress the immune system
- Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (Septra, Bactrim DS)
- Kidney diet
- Renal dialysis for kidney failure
- Kidney transplant
- Only if antibody levels remain low
- Antihypertensive medications:
Goodpasture's Syndrome Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Goodpasture's syndrome.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Goodpasture's Syndrome Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Goodpasture's syndrome:
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