• Nephrotic Syndrome Symptoms

Nephrotic Syndrome Symptoms
Symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome

  • Edema: Swelling of various parts of the body is one of the most important symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome. Edema is seen in:
    • Face and around the eyes (periorbital edema)
    • Legs, especially feet and ankles (pedal edema)
    • Abdomen, causing abdominal distension
  • Frothy urine: This occurs due to high protein (especially albumin) content in the urine.
  • Weight gain: Swelling of the body due to fluid retention leads to increased weight.
  • Loss of appetite, lethargy and tiredness are also important symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome.
  • Children with Nephrotic Syndrome may suffer from diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Some people may develop white lines on the nails (leuconychia) also known as Muehrcke's nails.
  • Blood in urine: Also known as hematuria, it is seen in few cases.
  • High blood pressure: In some patients, blood pressure may be raised.
  • Other symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome are present depending on the cause. For e.g., increased thirst and appetite in Diabetes, skin rashes in SLE or joint complaints in Rheumatoid Arthritis.