Glomerulonephritis, one of the most common causes of chronic kidney failure in our country, is the inflammation of the small filters in the kidneys. It can cause serious problems if it is not treated timely and appropriately.

What is Nephritis?

Inflammation of the nephrons, the functional unit of the kidney, is called Nephritis or kidney inflammation. When the kidneys become inflamed, they can not effectively filter the blood in the body.

What are the types of nephritis?

  1. Interstitial nephritis: Inflammation of the spaces between the kidney tubules is called Interstitial nephritis, and in this case the inflammation causes swelling of the kidneys.
  2. Pyelonephritis: Pyelonephritis is the inflammation of the kidney, due to a bacterial infection mostly. In most cases, the inflammation starts in the bladder and then travels to the ureters and kidneys, the tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the bladder.
  3. Glomerulonephritis: It is caused by inflammation of the vessels that carry blood and filter the kidneys, namely the glomeruli. Each kidney contains millions of capillaries.

What is Glomerulonephritis Disease?

It is an inflammation of the small filters in the kidneys called glomerulonephritis. The function of the glomeruli is to remove excess fluid, electrolytes, and wastes from the bloodstream. Glomerulonephritis can occur both acutely and chronically.

What kind of problems does glomerulonephritis cause?

  • Acute renal insufficiency: It hinders the filtering ability of the kidney, causing dangerous levels of fluid, electrolyte and waste to accumulate in the body.
  • Chronic kidney disease: The kidneys lose their filtering ability over time. Dialysis and organ transplantation may be required due to the kidney functions that fall far below normal capacity.
  • High blood pressure: The accumulation of waste in the bloodstream as a result of the kidney damage can lead to the high blood pressure.
  • Nephrotic syndrome: It is a syndrome in which the protein level in the blood decreases as a result of the excess protein in the urine.

What Causes Glomerulonephritis?

In most of the glomerulonephritis cases, a definite cause cannot be determined. Some of the cases may be caused by allergic reactions, drugs, rheumatological diseases, immune system diseases, vasculitis, some types of cancer and infections.

What are the Symptoms of Glomerulonephritis Disease?

The symptoms of glomerulonephritis can vary depending on the source of the disease and whether it is chronic or acute or form. General symptoms are as follows:

  • Red blood cells in the urine (hematuria)
  • Foamy urine (proteinuria) due to the excess protein
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Significant swelling and edema of the hands, feet, face and abdomen

Who Gets Glomerulonephritis Disease?

Glomerulonephritis can occur in men and women of all ages. Especially those who have untreated throat and skin streptococcal infections, those who have intravenous drug habits, those who have rheumatic heart disease, smokers and those with certain rheumatological diseases may be predisposed to glomerulonephritis. Except for certain types, such as Alport syndrome and familial Mediterranean fever, they are not usually inherited.

How is Glomerulonephritis Diagnosed?

During the examination, typical complaints such as swelling of the hands, feet and eyelids, darkening of the urine color and high blood pressure are evaluated. Then, blood tests, urinalysis, and if it is necessary, imaging such as kidney x-ray, ultrasound examination, tomography may be requested. A kidney biopsy is required to confirm the diagnosis of glomerulonephritis.

Glomerulonephritis Treatment

The main goal in the treatment of glomerulonephritis is to prevent further damage to the kidneys. The steps of glomerulonephritis treatment should be planned individually for each patient, depending on the type and source of glomerulonephritis and the severity of the symptoms experienced.

How to Treat Glomerulonephritis Disease in RTM Approach?

The aim of the RTM approach is not to directly suppress the symptoms of glomerulonephritis, but to eliminate the underlying factors of the disease. In the RTM approach, this is called the Treatment Tradition.

Treatment Triad includes the processes of starting the detox process to return to the normal state of balance in the body, eliminating the imbalance in the malfunctioning systems and reversing the epigenetic changes in DNA. This process is planned completely individually.

The main part of the treatment triad is RTM Phytotherapy. The phytotherapy protocol is determined by evaluating the detailed anamnesis, laboratory and imaging findings of the individual, and measurements specific to RTM clinics. With the RTM Phytotherapy protocol, the disease trait forming the source part is drawn away and treated. By informing the body with plants, it is aimed to normalize the epigenetic changes in the DNA underlying the disease. In order to adapt the body to the normalization process of this information, a treatment protocol specific to RTM is applied.

With the acceleration of detox activities in the body and the initiation of repair processes, the treatment triad that will regulate the systems is activated. Already when the disease triad is withdrawn, the body automatically returns to the norm form.

In the RTM treatment protocol, in addition to phytotherapeutics, nearly 25 traditional medicine methods such as Ozone, Hijama, Acupuncture, Magnetic field therapy are planned according to the needs of the patient in order to support the body and accelerate the treatment process.

In the RTM approach, the patients included in the treatment protocol are followed up with very close follow-up processes. Follow-up periods are weekly, 2 weeks, monthly, 40 days and 4 months (3×40 days). The frequency of calls for treatment is determined by considering criteria such as the severity of the person’s current illness, the level of toxicity, irregular blood pressure and blood sugar values, the presence of acute infection, and the patient’s needs. At the end of 4 months (3×40 days) treatment, the general condition of the patient is evaluated.

The response of the patient’s body to the treatment is compared with the recorded complaints and medical findings at the beginning of the treatment. By revealing the change in the disease infrastructure, a prediction is made about how long the treatment will continue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Glomerulonephritis Disease Genetic?

Cases of glomerulonephritis are usually not inherited, except in certain types, such as those due to Alport syndrome or familial Mediterranean fever.

Are there Triggering Factors of Glomerulonephritis Disease?

Conditions such as bacterial or viral infections, immune system disorders, smoking, intravenous drug or drug use, cardiac rheumatism can trigger Glomerulonephritis.

How does kidney inflammation affect a person’s quality of life and social life?

In kidney inflammation, early diagnosis is very important to improve the quality of people’s life. Because, depending on the progression and aggravation of the disease, it is possible to experience a serious decrease in the quality of life, interruption of social life and serious loss of workforce.

What can be done at home for glomerulonephritis?

  • Salt consumption can be restricted to prevent or minimize edema, swelling and high blood pressure.
  • By consuming less protein and potassium, waste generation in the blood can be slowed down.
  • It is important to maintain an ideal weight and to have a balanced diet.
  • It is necessary to keep the blood sugar level under control.
  • Quitting smoking is one of the most effective measures.

What does acute glomerulonephritis mean?

Acute glomerulonephritis (AGN) is a clinical syndrome caused by a sudden, acute inflammation of the glomeruli in the kidney. If it is not properly treated, this disease can cause kidney failure.

What does proliferative glomerulonephritis mean?

Proliferation refers to the rapid growth or multiplication of cells or microorganisms. In the case of glomerulonephritis, if there is cellular increase, it is classified as proliferative glomerulonephritis.

What happens if kidney inflammation is not treated?

Kidney inflammation is an important disease that requires medical attention. If it is not treated properly, the infection can permanently damage the kidneys or the bacteria can spread into the bloodstream, causing a life-threatening infection. Dialysis and organ transplantation may be needed in cases of progressive kidney inflammation.

What is focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in the kidney?

Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is among the primary glomerulopathies and it is a kidney disease that can progress to the chronic renal failure. In this case, tissue change begins in the kidneys and the function of the kidney begins to deteriorate. If all glomeruli are involved, it is diffuse glomerulonephritis, and if only some of them are involved, focal glomerulonephritis is mentioned.

What does chronic glomerulonephritis mean?

It is also called long-term, chronic glomerulonephritis. In this long-term disease type that can develop insidiously, urinary bleeding, protein loss, high blood pressure and edema symptoms are seen.

What does crescentic glomerulonephritis mean?

It is a clinical syndrome with sudden onset, poor spontaneous recovery, histopathologically characterized by widespread crescent formation (fragmentation) in the glomeruli, and which can lead the patient to end-stage renal disease.