Nephropathy

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nephropathy means a damage to or disease of the kidney. Nephrosis is an older term for nephropathy. Causes of nephropathy include administration of analgesics, which triggers analgesics nephropathy, xanthine oxidase deficiency, and long-term exposure to lead or its salts. Chronic conditions that can produce nephropathy include systemic lupus erythematosus, diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure (hypertension), which lead to diabetic nephropathy and hypertensive nephropathy, respectively.