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What happens if my kidneys fail due to lupus?

If you have lupus and your kidneys fail, you can be treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant. People with lupus do as well with these treatments as people who have other types of kidney disease.

Many people with kidney disease caused by lupus receive a kidney transplant. The drugs used to prevent your body from rejecting the new kidney are the same or similar to those used to treat lupus. It is unusual for lupus to come back in the new kidney; most of the time, the lupus stays inactive.

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