You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your bodily fluids and tissues may be tested. This can be done with:
- Blood Tests
- Urine tests
- Kidney biopsy—may be done before certain medications are prescribed for treatment
Images may be taken of your kidneys. This can be done with ultrasound.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment will depend on the cause. For example, if medications are causing acute interstitial nephritis, your doctor may stop the medication, reduce the dosage, or prescribe a different one.
Treatment options include the following:
Medications for acute interstitial nephritis may include:
- Antibiotics for bacterial infection
- Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
Some people with interstitial nephritis need dialysis. During dialysis, a machine does the work of your kidneys by removing waste from the blood.
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