A glomerulonephritis is a medical condition in which the tiny filters inside the kidneys (glomeruli) become damaged. It is an autoimmune problem that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissues in the kidneys. Most cases of glomerulonephritis go undiagnosed due to the absence of symptoms, and are often only detected during routine blood or urine tests. Symptomatic patients, however, may experience bloody or frothy urine and oedema.
Patients who are suspected of having a glomerulonephritis should seek a definite diagnosis so they can receive the care that they need. While some cases are acute and tend to resolve on their own, other cases are chronic and may require long-term management. When left untreated, the condition may eventually lead to chronic renal failure.
Since chronic glomerulonephritis and its potential complications require long-term therapy, most people who suffer from this condition simply cannot afford the required treatment. People in developing countries may also face some technological limitations in the medical infrastructures in their local hospitals. Southeast Asia offers the perfect solution with its long list of fully equipped hospitals that offer low-cost medical care. Part of Southeast Asia’s promise as a medical tourism hub is to deliver superior quality treatments at an economical price. When compared to the costs of medical care in the West, Southeast Asia’s medical services are as much as 70% cheaper.
Also, several hospitals in Southeast Asia are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). This accreditation is provided only to hospitals that have passed the organisation’s strict credentialing process. Member hospitals are continuously monitored to encourage them to continuously improve the quality of their medical services and facilities. Some of the best hospitals in Southeast Asia that bear JCI’s Gold Seal of Approval include Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok and Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore.