What are the symptoms of proteinuria?

You may not experience symptoms of proteinuria; however, as the condition changes, a number of symptoms may result. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.

Common symptoms of proteinuria

Any of these common symptoms of proteinuria can be severe:

  • Change in urine output
  • Frothy urine
  • Recent weight change
  • Swelling in abdomen
  • Swelling in face
  • Swelling in feet
  • Swelling in hands

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, proteinuria can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea) or shortness of breath
  • Difficulty urinating (dysuria)
  • Inability to urinate


What is proteinuria?

Proteinuria is an abnormal condition in which the kidney releases too much protein into the urine. Proteinuria is also known as albuminuria, due to the presence of one type of protein, albumin, in the urine. It is often caused by dysfunctional kidneys, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Proteinuria is a sign of chronic disease of or damage to the kidneys.

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What causes proteinuria?

Proteinuria is the result of protein in the blood passing through the kidneys and into the urine. Diabetes and high blood pressure are common causes of proteinuria. Acute illness or dehydration can result in a transient increase in a urine protein measurement.

Renal causes of proteinuria

Proteinuria can be caused by a number of conditions or disorders of the kidney incl... Read more about proteinuriacauses


How is proteinuria treated?

Treatment for proteinuria begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine if you have proteinuria, your health care provider will ask you to provide a urine sample for laboratory testing.

Treatment for proteinuria depends on the underlying cause. However, the goal of treatment is to reduce the levels of protein in the urine. Several approaches are suc... Read more about proteinuriatreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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