Inflammation of the kidney’s smallest filtering units (glomeruli) is called glomerulonephritis, but may also be referred to as nephritis or nephrotic
syndrome. The inflammation and damage within the kidneys, as a result of glomerulonephritis, is often seen as a result of an autoimmune disease.
Common autoimmune diseases include Lupus, Goodpasture’s Syndrome, and Wegener’s Syndrome. These disorders can contribute to loss of kidney function via disease-specific damage within the kidney.
Symptoms of glomerulonephritis could include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Foamy or frothy urine
- Proteinuria (protein in the urine)