Systemic lupus erythematosus most commonly known as lupus which is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system of an individual produces proteins which are known as autoantibodies. This auto antibody attacks an individual's own tissues and organs. Few people with lupus develop a kind of kidney inflammation which is known as lupus nephritis.
Lupus nephritis generally occurs when the autoantibodies produced by lupus affect the filtering structures (glomeruli) of an individual kidney. This irregular process results in kidney inflammation and may lead to blood in the urine (hematuria), protein in the urine (proteinuria), hypertension, impaired kidney function or even renal failure.
Last date updated on June, 2014