Light Chain Deposition Disease

Learning More About Light Chain Deposition Disease

Did Medical Negligence Result in LCDD Causing or Contributing to Renal Failure?

Protein is a basic building block of our bodies. Proteins exist in chains, both heavy chains and light chains. Most kidney disease involves deposits of high levels of proteins in the kidneys.

Light chain deposition disease (LCDD) is a rare blood disorder that causes protein to build up in the kidneys. Multiple myeloma, another blood disorder, is a similar disease and more commonly heard of.

Abnormal amounts of protein produced by this blood disorder begin to clog the kidneys and prevent them from functioning normally. When that happens, urine cannot properly filter through the kidneys. Lab tests will show abnormally high readings for creatinine, BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and protein in the urine.

If a family doctor sees abnormal lab readings of this kind, it is reasonable for him or her to refer the patient to a kidney specialist (a nephrologist). You may also be referred to an urologist or a hematologist, but at some point you should also be seen by a nephrologist if you show signs of LCDD.

Light chain deposition disease is often treated with chemotherapy. Treating LCDD will stop the body from producing abnormal amounts of protein, but it will not treat the kidney disease caused by the protein deposits. In other words, it is only a portion of the medical care needed to help the patient recover.

If a patient does not receive treatment to flush the protein chains from the kidneys, the kidneys will become clogged and will ultimately whither and die. This process is called "renal failure" and it will result in the patient needing kidney dialysis and eventual kidney transplant or they, too, will die.

Did You Receive the Medical Care You Needed?

Light chain deposition disease is extremely serious. While doctors do their best to provide appropriate treatment, it is extremely important to seek the advice of a specialist, such as a nephrologist, to ensure that kidney disease is being treated at the same time as the blood disorder. Failing to do so can be fatal to the patient.

If you suspect that your medical condition was worsened, or that your loved one died because of medical malpractice, you want answers. At the law office of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A, we have been helping people with kidney disease for more than 25 years. Our medical malpractice lawyers work with medical specialists to review the medical records to answer the question: Was this kidney failure the result of medical negligence?

Our in-depth understanding of this specialized area of medicine is valued by our Florida clients and by attorneys around the country who refer patients to us or work with us to help injured people achieve a settlement. To schedule a free consultation at our Miami law office, call 786-401-4706, or contact us by e-mail.

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