Treatments for Glomerulonephritis in Children

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Glomerulonephritis may be a temporary and reversible condition, or it may progress and lead to complications and/or chronic kidney failure.

If your child has APSGN, treatment will focus on curing her infection and treating her symptoms associated with the infection. Unfortunately, a cure for GN has not been found; therefore treatments focus on slowing the progression of the disease and preventing complications.

Treatment for glomerulonephritis may include:

  • fluid restriction
  • decreased protein diet
  • decreased salt and potassium diet
  • medication, such as blood pressure medicines, corticosteroids or immunosuppressives
  • diuretics
  • blood pressure medications
  • phosphate binders - medications to decrease the amount of the mineral phosphorus in the blood
  • immunosuppressive agents
  • dialysis - a medical treatment that removes waste and additional fluid from the blood after the kidneys have stopped functioning
  • dietary restrictions on salt, fluids, protein and other substances
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