Proteinuria Specialist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group -  - Nephrologist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group

Nephrologists located in numerous locations in San Antonio, TX, and surrounding Counties

It’s normal to have some protein in your urine, but if you have large amounts, referred to as proteinuria, it may be a sign of kidney disease. The nationally recognized San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group has been helping people in San Antonio and the surrounding communities manage kidney health since 1978. If you have protein in your urine and concerns about kidney health, make an appointment by phone.

Proteinuria Q & A

What is proteinuria?

Proteinuria is a medical term used to describe excessive amounts of protein in the urine. It’s normal to have small amounts of protein in your urine or even large amounts after a heavy workout or when you’re sick. But if you have consistently large amounts of protein in your urine there may be an underlying medical condition, such as kidney disease, causing the increase in protein excretion.

What causes proteinuria?

There are a number of different reasons you may have protein in your urine, some benign and others more concerning, including:

  • Acute illness or fever
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Dehydration
  • Chronic kidney disease or kidney infection
  • Heart disease or diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy

What are the types of proteinuria?

Proteinuria is classified into categories based on the reason for the protein loss and how often it happens.

  • Persistent proteinuria: high levels of protein in the urine all the time, most often seen in people with kidney disease
  • Transient proteinuria: infrequent high levels of protein in the urine due to an acute cause such as a fever or stress
  • Orthostatic proteinuria: very rare, increase in protein levels in urine when a sample is taken while you’re lying down

Transient proteinuria is the most common and usually resolves on its own without treatment. Orthostatic proteinuria also resolves without the need for treatment.

How do I know if I have proteinuria?

You may not experience any symptoms that indicate you have high levels of protein in your urine. The only way to know is through a urine test. However, some people with proteinuria experience swelling in the abdomen, legs, or face, especially if they’re losing large amounts of protein.

How is proteinuria managed?

Most forms of proteinuria resolve on their own without the need for treatment. However, if you have persistent proteinuria, you may require treatment aimed at preserving your kidney function.

If your persistent proteinuria has not yet affected kidney function, the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center may prescribe blood pressure medication to help keep your kidneys healthy.

However, if it appears that your proteinuria is related to a decrease in kidney function, then the underlying cause of your kidney disease is treated to help preserve kidney function and decrease the protein loss.

If you’ve been told you’re losing protein in your urine and have concerns about kidney health, call the office.