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Thin Membrane Nephropathy and Receiving Social Security Disability

Your kidneys are very complex organs. The main task of your kidneys is to eliminate fluid and waste from your body. Nephropathy is a medical term that is used to refer to abnormalities, disease or damage that affects and involves your kidneys.  This post speaks specifically about Thin Membrane Nephropathy.

What is Thin Membrane Nephropathy?

Thin membrane nephropathy is a kind of kidney disease that usually originates during your childhood years. In fact, thin membrane nephropathy is one of the most common diseases that causes asymptomatic blood in your urine (hematuria). The only abnormal aspect of thin membrane nephropathy is a thinning of the basement membrane of the small blood vessels (glomeruli) in your kidneys. This is extremely significant because thin membrane nephropathy typically has a benign rather than malignant prognosis (outcome). You kidneys will likely work properly for the rest of your life even though you have thin membrane nephropathy. The problem is that you may have thin membrane nephropathy along with some other more serious disorder or disorders. Thin membrane nephropathy is one of the most common diseases that affects your kidneys. There are estimates that as many as 5 to 9% of the general population of the United States may be afflicted with thin membrane nephropathy.

The Causes of Thin Membrane Nephropathy

The specific cause of thin membrane nephropathy has not yet been determined. However, researchers believe that there is a strong genetic (hereditary) element to this disease. The reason for this is because thin membrane nephropathy has a tendency to run in families. In fact, there is a family history of hematuria in 30 to 50% of the cases of thin membrane nephropathy. The pattern of inheritance for thin membrane nephropathy is what is known as autosomal dominant. The significance of this is that you only have to inherit a defective (abnormal) gene from one of your parents in order to have the possibility of developing thin membrane nephropathy.

Signs you may have Thin Membrane Nephropathy

The primary sign or symptom of thin membrane nephropathy is blood in your urine (hematuria). There are other possible signs and symptoms that you may experience with thin membrane nephropathy. Some of these are:

Diagnosing Thin Membrane Nephropathy

If a sample of your urine is taken for microscopic examination by your doctor, persistent red blood cells may be revealed in your urine (microscopic hematuria). Your doctor will probably do a physical exam, want to know your personal and family medical history and ask about your signs and symptoms in order to diagnose your thin membrane nephropathy. Your doctor will probably ask you to have a urinalysis to check for red blood cells or elevated protein levels in your urine. However, in order for a diagnosis of thin membrane nephropathy to be confirmed, a kidney biopsy has to be performed. This will show a thinning of your glomerular basement membrane. This is one of the layers of your kidney.

Try getting disability benefits if you have Thin Membrane Nephropathy

Have you become incapacitated and unable to work due to thin membrane nephropathy and/or complications that have developed from it or other ailments that you have in addition to this disease. If this is your situation, are you trying to get financial aid? Have you tried to get help from the Social Security Administration by filing for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits? Did the Social Security Administration reject your application for these disability benefits? If you consider appealing your denial or reapplying, you really should enlist the help and advice of the disability lawyer at The disability lawyer at knows how to get the disability benefits that you deserve. Do not put this off. Turn to, now.