Do I need screening for IgA nephropathy if my brother was diagnosed with it?Kidneys
I'm a 24 year old male and my brother (27 y/o) was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy. Do I run a risk of getting IgA nephropathy as well, and should I be concerned with getting screened for the disease? What kind of screening should I consider? (eg. is an annual blood and urine test sufficient to detect the disease at its early stage?)
Most cases of IgA are not familial, that is, it doesn't run in families. However, family members do higher incidence of urine abnormalities.
Since most kidney diseases start without any symptoms it is helpful to do a yearly check on the kidney function and the urine for blood and proteins. If the tests are normal, you don't need to see a kidney specialist.
Dr Pary Sivaraman
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