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Todd P, Hill C. Suspected nephrotic syndrome warrants urgent referral. Practitioner January 2022;266(1854):17-20

Suspected nephrotic syndrome warrants urgent referral

24 Jan 2022Registered users

Nephrotic syndrome results from dysfunctional glomerular filtration and consists of three clinical features: severe proteinuria (> 3.5 g/24 hr); hypoalbuminaemia (serum albumin < 30 g/L); and peripheral oedema. It may occur in people of all ages. If nephrotic syndrome remains uncontrolled even those with normal kidney function at presentation can develop progressive chronic kidney disease. All patients with suspected nephrotic syndrome should be referred urgently to nephrology.

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