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Kidney and bladder health

02 December 2008

What is nephrotic syndrome?

Nephrotic syndrome is a condition marked by very high levels of protein in the urine, low levels of protein in the blood, swelling around the eyes, feet and hands.

Nephrotic syndrome is a condition marked by very high levels of protein in the urine; low levels of protein in the blood; swelling, especially around the eyes, feet, and hands; and high cholesterol. Nephrotic syndrome results from damage to the kidneys' glomeruli (the singular form is glomerulus). Glomeruli are tiny blood vessels that filter waste and excess water from the blood and send them to the bladder as urine.

Information supplied by the National Institutes of Health.

 

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