In His Grip
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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I have just started reading about kidney involvement the first of June.
My 10yr was diagnosed last August and we just had significant amounts of protein found in her urine during the doctors appointment the first of June. She was scheduled for a kidney biopsy about a week later. Yesterday we went to find the results for the biopsy and she is a CLASS V---membranous lupus nephritis.
When I first started reading about the classes (WHO)World Health Organization. It was confusing...was it how damaged the kidneys were, so if her last bloodwork showed no issues in February was I to expect closer to the Class 1 or Class 2....OR....did it depend on what area of the kidney that was affected.
The classes are dependent upon what part of the kidney is affected.
So when he came in and told us that he had GOOD NEWS for us (exhale) and then be told she was a CLASS V (inhale) I was confused.
But he said that it was better to be CLASS 1,2 or 5 then to be CLASS 3 or 4.
The CLASSES for Lupus Nephritis is different from the STAGES of GFR(g....... filtration rate).
My daughter has CLASS V but she is stage 1 on GFR scale. Her kidneys are not damaged but the GFR stages would increase if we did not take care of her kidney issues with the medication.
I hope that I am finally starting to put this together....????????
Post Edited (curlyhair) : 7/1/2009 6:38:29 PM (GMT-6)