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Immunoglobulin A Nephropathy (IgA Nephropathy)

While the causes for IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease, are unknown, if you have been diagnosed with this condition you know the complications can be very serious, including the development of end-stage renal disease.

Controlling any further damage to your kidneys is the goal of treatment, and nephrologists at Jefferson can help you understand and manage this condition. You will benefit from our multidisciplinary approach by having access to various experts who specialize in treating all types of kidney disease and if necessary, prepare you for a kidney transplant.

If your condition has progressed to end-stage renal disease, you can count on a team of nephrologists, nurses, dieticians and social workers to improve your care.

If the time comes that you need a kidney transplant, you will have access to various experts who guide you and your family from evaluation through postoperative recovery. We support you with state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated techniques for both donors and recipients. You'll also meet a team of highly specialized nurses and physicians who are experienced in the operation you may be considering.

Experienced nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, social workers, a financial coordinator and other physician specialists make up Jefferson's extensive Kidney Transplant Program. Our specialists work in close coordination to provide the best care possible and to match the right recipient with an available donor organ. We also provide long-term follow-up care through visits and monitored laboratory studies. We believe our detailed follow-up care contributes to the Program's high success rate. While not a cure, kidney transplantation enables you to resume a healthier, independent lifestyle without the need for dialysis. Our team continues to search for new ways to assist you in seeking a better quality of life through kidney transplant.

At Jefferson, nearly all transplants are performed by laparoscopic nephrectomy, a procedure that is less traumatic for the donor than traditional open-surgery kidney removal. You will experience less pain after laparoscopic surgery and will be able to move within a day or so.