Suggests a report in the June Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
IgA nephropathy is caused by deposits of the proteins IgA an immune system antibody within the filtering products of the kidney . The unusual IgA deposits damage the glomeruli, leading to blood and protein in the urine. The condition can progress as time passes, eventually needing dialysis or transplantation to replace lost kidney function. Favorable effects have already been reported using corticosteroids, which can reduce proteinuria and decline of renal function. However, there are worries about using steroids at high doses or for prolonged periods, particularly in kids and young subjects. (more…)