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Nephrotic Syndrome Glossary (Related Medical Terms)

Albuminuria: Loss of albumin (one of the vital proteins in the body) in the urine.

Antigen: Antigens are foreign agents like bacteria, viruses and toxic material. When they enter into the body, an immune response is produced by the host to eliminate antigens.

Antibody: Antibodies are proteins, which are produced by the defense system of the body to eliminate antigens.

Antihypertensive medicine: Medicines given to control high blood pressure.

Ascites: Ascites is the presence of excess fluid in the peritoneal abdominal cavity.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is one of several types of fats that play an important role in our body.

Creatinine and urea: Body wastes, which are removed by the kidneys.

Edema/Oedema: Swelling or bloating of the body due to accumulation of fluid/water in-between the body cells.

Glomerulus (pleural-glomeruli): Glomeruli are tiny blood vessels that form a meshwork in the kidney through which blood is strained to filter out excess water and waste products.

Glomerulonephritis: Glomerulonephritis is a kidney disease in which glomeruli become inflamed and scarred and slowly lose their ability to remove wastes and excess water from the blood to make urine.

Hematuria: Presence of blood in the urine.

Henoch-schonlein purpura: It is disorder caused by an inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis) and presents with skin rash, joint pain, abdominal pain, and kidney disease.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma: Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a malignant (cancerous) growth of cells in the lymph system of the body.

Hypoalbuminemia: Low levels of albumin in the body.

Hypoproteinemia: Low levels of proteins in the body.

Hypercholesterolemia: High levels of cholesterol in the body.

Hyperlipidemia: High levels of fats in the body.

Multiple myeloma: Multiple Myeloma is a form of cancer of the blood and immune system.

Nephrotic syndrome: The term is coined using two words: Nephros meaning kidney and syndrome meaning a group of disorders. Nephrotic syndrome is kidney disorder characterized by loss of proteins in the urine.

Peritoneal cavity: Synonymous to abdominal cavity.

Pleura: Membranous coverings of lungs.

Proteins: Proteins are on the very important nutrients of the body and made up of combination of many chemicals called amino acids.

Proteinuria: Loss of proteins in the urine.

Systemic lupus erythematosus: An immune disorder in which body defenses are directed against body’s own tissues and organs like joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, etc.

Thromboembolism: The blocking of a blood vessel by a thrombus or clot that has become detached from its site of formation.

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