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What is a nephrotic syndrome?

Nephrotic syndrome is defined by the following characteristics:

– proteinuria (loss of proteins into urine)

– hypo-albuminemia (decreased levels of the protein albumin in blood )
– edema (an accumulation of fluids in the body, which creates swelling)

– hyperlipidemia (an increased level of fats in blood)

Underlying mechanisms

Our blood is filtered by the kidneys. The kidney consists of millions of small “filtering units”  (glomeruli)...

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