Lipoid Nephrosis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Lipoid nephrosis is a disorder of your kidneys that may result in nephrotic syndrome. It is a kidney disorder that is marked by large amounts of protein being lost in your urine.
Lipoid nephrosis occurs most often in very young children (peak incidence at 2-3 years of age), but this disorder also develops in older children and adults. Lipoid nephrosis accounts for around 90% of all the cases of nephrotic syndrome in children who are less than 10 years of age. About 50% of the cases of nephrotic syndrome in teenagers are caused by lipoid nephrosis. In adults with nephrotic syndrome, about 20% of the cases are due to lipoid nephrosis. Boys seem to be more likely to get lipoid nephrosis than girls in children who are less than 10 years of age.
The cause of lipoid nephrosis is unknown. Doctors usually put this disorder in two categories, primary and secondary.
Primary means that lipoid nephrosis develops independently of any other medical condition, for no discernable reason. This is by far the most common type of this disorder.
Secondary means that lipoid nephrosis is caused by, or at least involved with, another medical condition. This type of the disease is rare.
Adults are usually affected by secondary lipoid nephrosis. It is usually associated with:
Allergy that may involve many environmental allergies
Drugs like lithium, bisphosphonates, NSAIDs and some antibiotics
Malignancy like leukemia or lymphoma
Infection, such as HIV, syphilis or hepatitis.
The hallmark sign or symptom of lipoid nephrosis is swelling (edema) that is due to fluid retention. This swelling may be substantial. It usually starts in your legs and feet, but it can move into your abdomen and hips as well.
Another primary sign or symptom of lipoid nephrosis is proteinuria. This is too much protein in your urine.
Edema and proteinuria can begin rapidly almost overnight. There are also other signs and symptoms that you may experience with lipoid nephrosis. These include:
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Tendency to form blood clots
Unlike other kidney disorders, lipoid nephrosis does not usually affect your kidneys ability to filter or clean your blood.
None of the signs and symptoms listed above, or all of them taken together, are specific only to lipoid nephrosis. Only your doctor can determine if you have this disorder.