Can You Diagnose Nephrotic Syndrome From The Womb?

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Can nephrotic syndrome be detected early while still in the womb? if yes how?

1 Answer:

Hello Alissa,


Thank you for the question.

Nephrotic syndrome is a disorder in the kidneys that causes too much protein to be excreted in the urine. This condition occurs because of damage to the braided small blood vessels in the kidneys (glomerulus) which are responsible for filtering the blood and removing excess water and metabolic waste from the blood out of the body. The causes of glomerular damage can be many examples of infections, drug side effects, diabetes, lupus, amyloidosis, and other kidney disorders. As a result of nephrotic syndrome, sufferers may experience body swelling, foamy urine, weakness, and loss of appetite.


Nephrotic syndrome most commonly affects children. And because the symptoms are very worrying, many parents are also afraid of their children suffering from this disease. So far, the new nephrotic syndrome can be confirmed by urine, blood or kidney biopsy. Of course, efforts to establish this diagnosis can only be done after the disease occurs. If the onset of the disease has not occurred, especially if the child is still in the womb, of course diagnostic efforts can not be done. Therefore, nephrotic syndrome is not a genetic disorder that can be detected since the fetus has not yet been born.


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