Difference Between Glomerular and Tubular Proteinuria

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Glomerular Proteinuria Tubular Proteinuria
Definition Presence of excessive protein in the urine due to glomerular damage Presence of excessive protein in the urine due to tubular dysfunction
Mechanism Increased glomerular permeability or damage leading to protein leakage into the urine Impaired reabsorption of filtered proteins by the renal tubules
Protein Types Primarily albumin (selective proteinuria) or other low molecular weight proteins Various proteins, including higher molecular weight proteins (e.g., immunoglobulins, enzymes)
Urine Protein Levels Usually higher levels of protein in the urine (nephrotic range proteinuria) Lower to moderate levels of protein in the urine (non-nephrotic range proteinuria)
Albumin-to-Creatinine Ratio Elevated albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) Typically lower albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR)
Associated Conditions Glomerular diseases (e.g., glomerulonephritis, diabetic nephropathy) Tubular disorders (e.g., Fanconi syndrome, renal tubular acidosis)
Urine Sediment May have red blood cells, cellular casts, and lipid droplets in the urine sediment May have tubular epithelial cells, renal tubular epithelial cell casts in the urine sediment
Serum Albumin Levels Decreased serum albumin levels (hypoalbuminemia) Generally normal serum albumin levels
Edema Often associated with generalized edema (swelling) Usually absent or minimal edema
Lipid Abnormalities Commonly associated with dyslipidemia and hyperlipidemia Generally no specific lipid abnormalities
Renal Function Variable impact on renal function, ranging from preserved to impaired Tubular dysfunction may contribute to electrolyte imbalances and acid-base disturbances
Response to Treatment May respond to specific treatments targeting the underlying glomerular disease Treatment focuses on managing the underlying tubular dysfunction and associated conditions
Prognosis Depends on the underlying glomerular disease and response to treatment Depends on the underlying tubular disorder and response to treatment