What is included in the patient education about minimal-change disease (MCD)?

Updated: Jan 05, 2021
  • Author: Abeera Mansur, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Patient education in MCD includes the following:

  • Explain the consequences of not receiving treatment for MCD
  • Explain to the family that children with MCD initially are treated without a tissue diagnosis
  • Explain the possible adverse effects of therapy, including growth retardation in children receiving long-term corticosteroids
  • Explain that not all patients receiving treatment respond to conventional therapies
  • Advise family members to be observant for edematous changes in the patient
  • Refer the patient and family for psychosocial counseling
  • Impose moderate sodium restrictions and ensure adequate protein intake

For patient education information, see the Nephrotic Syndrome Overview.


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