Hematuria, Benign, Familial
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
- Hematuria, Benign, Recurrent
- Hematuria, Essential
- Nephropathy, Thin-Basement-Membrane
- Nephropathy, Thin Glomerular Basement Membrane Disease
Benign familial hematuria, also known as thin-basement-membrane nephropathy, is a kidney disease that usually begins during childhood. The disorder is characterized by the presence of red blood cells in the urine (hematuria). The blood in the urine may be present in microscopic amounts (microscopic hematuria) and not visible to the eye, present in small amounts that give the urine a "cloudy" or "smoky" appearance, or easily visible. Many individuals with the disorder have abnormalities of the kidney's glomeruli, the clusters of small blood vessels (capillaries) that normally filter the blood passing through the kidneys (glomeruli filtration). In such cases, the membrane (basement membrane) supporting the loops of capillaries that make up the renal glomeruli may be abnormally thin. Benign familial hematuria may be inherited as an autosomal dominant genetic trait.
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
American Kidney Fund, Inc.
11921 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
Urology Care Foundation
1000 Corporate Blvd
Linthicum, MD 21090
NIH/National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc.
2 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
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