Lupus nephritis care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

A team of doctors from different specialties will manage your care, including those who focus on kidney disease (nephrologists). Your Mayo Clinic doctors can work closely with your local primary care doctor or kidney specialist to ensure that you're getting the right treatment and follow-up care.

Caring for someone with lupus nephritis is challenging and requires specialized expertise. Because there are many kidney specialists (nephrologists) at Mayo Clinic, you can see a kidney doctor who specializes in lupus and cares for people from all over the world with lupus nephritis. Each year, hundreds of people receive care for lupus nephritis at Mayo Clinic.

Advanced diagnosis

Mayo Clinic nephrologists may use a variety of tests, including blood tests and a 24-hour urine collection, to accurately measure your kidney function. You might have iothalamate clearance testing, which uses a special contrast dye to show how well your kidneys are filtering. Mayo Clinic is one of the few centers to specialize in iothalamate clearance testing.

Mayo Clinic also has a dedicated Renal Biopsy Laboratory. Thousands of people choose to have their biopsies done at Mayo Clinic by experienced specialists each year.

Individualized treatment

Lupus affects everyone differently, and the disease can cause symptoms throughout the body. Your Mayo Clinic care team will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs and improve your quality of life.

Access to the latest therapies

Mayo Clinic doctors test new drugs and therapeutic strategies in clinical trials offered through the Nephrology Collaborative Group.

For people who progress to kidney failure, Mayo Clinic locations can provide:

  • Dialysis. Mayo Clinic offers state-of-the-art dialysis treatment, including the option for in-home dialysis.
  • Kidney transplant. All three Mayo Clinic campuses offer kidney transplants through the Kidney Transplant Program. Mayo Clinic has performed more than 15,500 kidney transplants with excellent results.

Expertise and rankings

Hundreds of people receive treatment for lupus nephritis at Mayo Clinic every year.

Learn more about the expertise and rankings of Mayo Clinic's Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.