Nephrotic Syndrome (cont.)
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Treatment for nephrotic syndrome depends on the cause and the age of the person who has the condition. Medicines, changes in diet, and care for other conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are all possible treatments for this syndrome. These treatments may reverse, slow, or prevent further kidney damage.
Most children who have nephrotic syndrome do well with treatment and have a normal life expectancy.
Doctors define complete recovery as living without symptoms or treatment for more than 2 years.
Treatment of nephrotic syndrome depends on the cause of the disease and may include:
First treatments can last from 6 to 15 weeks, often longer in adults. Depending on how severe your symptoms are or whether they return, ongoing treatment may be needed for months to years, or even for the rest of your life.
Ongoing treatment for nephrotic syndrome and complications of the disease include:
You may need emotional support during treatment for nephrotic syndrome. If you or your child has nephrotic syndrome and you are having a hard time handling treatment or the severity of your child's condition, it may help to talk with a doctor or seek counseling.
Treatment if the condition gets worse
Sometimes treatment for nephrotic syndrome is unsuccessful. If this occurs, you may develop chronic kidney disease. Your doctor may recommend that you begin hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or consider a kidney transplant. For more information, see the topic Chronic Kidney Disease.
Clinical trials are ongoing to test more effective medicines for the treatment of steroid-resistant (relapsing) nephrotic syndrome. If treatment has not successfully controlled your nephrotic syndrome, ask your doctor about clinical trials. To take part in a clinical trial, you may need to travel to a large treatment center.
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