Many people who have nephrotic syndrome do not have any noticeable physical symptoms. When symptoms are present, they can include:
- Swelling in the tissues around the eyes (periorbital edema) or in the feet or ankles (peripheral edema). This is the most common early symptom of nephrotic syndrome in both children and adults.
- Shortness of breath caused by fluid buildup in the lungs
- Adults older than 65 may be misdiagnosed with Reference heart failure Opens New Window.
- Children are often thought to have allergies.
- Reference Dry skin.
- Swelling of the scrotum (scrotal edema), which may cause a cord in the testicles to twist (Reference testicular torsion Opens New Window).
Signs of nephrotic syndrome in blood and urine tests can include:
- Protein in the urine (proteinuria).
- Low protein (albumin) in the blood.
- High Reference cholesterol Opens New Window and Reference triglyceride Opens New Window levels.
- Low blood levels of iron and Reference vitamin D Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology