Thin Membrane Nephropathy and Receiving Social Security DisabilityYour 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 NephropathyThe 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 NephropathyThe 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:
- ? An excessive amount of protein in your urine (proteinuria)
- ? Your urine may have a smoky or cloudy appearance to it
- ? High blood pressure (hypertension)
- ? A decrease in your production of urine
- ? Edema (swelling) in your body
- ? Kidney failure, even though this is extremely rare with this disease.