Protein in urine: A concern after kidney transplant?

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Protein in urine: A concern after kidney transplant?

Question

My husband had a kidney transplant about six years ago. Recent testing detected protein in his urine. Does this mean he has chronic kidney disease again?

Lynette
Minnesota

Answer

No, protein in the urine after a kidney transplant doesn't necessarily mean that chronic kidney disease is imminent. But it does indicate the need for a thorough medical evaluation, including a blood pressure measurement, a review of current medications, and a review of past and present results of kidney function and urine tests. If protein in the urine has definitely increased, your husband's doctor may recommend a biopsy of the transplanted kidney to more accurately determine the health of the kidney and further treatment options, if necessary.

Last Updated: 02/22/2006
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