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Diagnosis & Therapy

How essential are steroids to treating lupus nephritis?

How essential are steroids to treating lupus nephritis?

In Toronto, kidney physician Joanne Bargman, MD, treats a young woman who has lupus nephritis and hates the steroids used to treat flares. The patient doesn’t want to take the vital corticosteroid drugs like prednisone that calm the immune system but can cause weight gain, acne and unwanted hair growth.

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