Learn More About Light Chain Deposition Disease

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Protein molecules are basic building blocks in our bodies. Proteins exist in chains, both heavy chains and light chains. High protein levels in the kidneys can indicate kidney disease. One blood disorder that causes a buildup of protein in the kidney is called light chain deposition disease (LCDD).

Abnormal amounts of protein produced by this blood disorder begin to clog the kidneys and prevent them from functioning normally. When that happens, urine cannot properly filter through the kidneys. Lab tests will show abnormally high readings for creatinine, BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and protein in the urine. This is a serious disease that can be fatal.

Referral To A Specialist

If a family doctor or general practitioner sees abnormal lab readings of this kind, it is reasonable for him or her to refer the patient to a kidney specialist (a nephrologist). You may also be referred to a urologist or a hematologist, but at some point, you should also be seen by a nephrologist if you show signs of LCDD.

Light chain deposition disease is often treated with chemotherapy. Treating LCDD with chemotherapy can stop your body's production of abnormal protein levels, but it cannot treat the kidney disease that has been caused by abnormal protein deposits in the kidney. In other words, it is only a portion of the medical care needed to help the patient recover.

If a patient does not receive treatment to flush the protein chains from the kidneys, the kidneys will become clogged and will ultimately wither and die. Dialysis is then required, and a kidney transplant is the only effective, long-term alternative. If untreated or improperly treated, LCDD is fatal.

Are you or a loved one suffering from LCDD or multiple myeloma (a similar but more common blood disorder)? If there was a delay in diagnosis or referral/treatment, you may be at risk for — or already suffering — renal failure and kidney damage. Wrongful treatment or failure to make an appropriate diagnosis in a patient can constitute medical malpractice.

Did Medical Negligence In Diagnosing LCDD Cause/Contribute To Renal Failure?

If you suspect that your medical condition worsened or that a loved one died because of medical malpractice, you need answers. At Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A., we have been helping people with kidney disease for more than 25 years. Our medical malpractice lawyers work with medical specialists to review the medical records and uncover whether mistakes were made.

Our in-depth understanding of this specialized area of medicine is valued by our Florida clients and by attorneys around the country who refer patients to us or work with us to help injured people achieve settlements. To schedule a free consultation, please call 786-401-4706 or contact us by email.