Alport syndrome damages the tiny blood vessels in the glomeruli of the kidneys. The glomeruli filter blood to make urine and remove waste products from the blood. In the early stages of disease, there are often no symptoms. However, the destruction of the glomeruli over time can lead to blood in the urine and may decrease the effectiveness of the kidney's filtering system. Often kidney function is lost over time and waste products and fluids build up in the body.
Last updated: 9/17/2015
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