What is glomerular proteinuria?

Updated: Mar 25, 2020
  • Author: Beje Thomas, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Glomerular proteinuria associated with pathological damage to the glomerulus is categorized by protein quantity; the more severe the proteinuria, the more significant the glomerular disease. The primary protein lost is albumin. These patients require close follow-up and may need a kidney biopsy if they have abnormal urine microscopy results and/or impairment of kidney function. 

Glomerular proteinuria can also be categorized according to whether pathological damage of the glomerulus is present. Types that do not result from pathological damage to the glomerulus include transient and orthostatic proteinuria.


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