Diagnosing nephrotic syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome can usually be diagnosed after dipping a dipstick into a urine sample. If there are large amounts of protein in a person's urine,there will be a colour change on the stick.

A blood test showing a low level of a protein called albumin will confirm the diagnosis.

In some cases, when the initial treatment doesn't work, your child may need a kidney biopsy . This is when a very small sample of kidney tissue is removed using a needle so it can be studied under a microscope.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018