Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Kidney Disease Nephrotic Syndrome Treatment

Treatment for nephrotic syndrome depends on the underlying cause and the age of the patient. Treatment often includes a kidney disease diet, fluid restriction, sodium restriction, medications, and vitamin supplements. Medications used to treat nephrotic syndrome include corticosteroids, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics. Additional treatment for those with end stage kidney disease include kidney dialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

Treatment options for nephrotic syndrome include:

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Kidney Disease Nephrotic Syndrome Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of nephrotic 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?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for further kidney disease?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Kidney Disease Nephrotic Syndrome Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat nephrotic syndrome:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Kidney Disease Nephrotic Syndrome References
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