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  1. Dear All,
    I wonder if there is someone out there who can give me some advice. My 17 year old son wants to join the Army, but has just been diagnosed with what the consultant described as a mild case of IgA nephropathy. When my son told the Doc that he hoped to join up, he was told that his condition "might cause the recruiters some concern and may hinder his application."

    The consultant was a civilian who has no experience of the military at all and would not give any further detail on the concern that my son's condition might cause the recruitment boards. Neither would he give a definitive answer as to whether it would completely prevent my son from joining.

    Does any one out there have any information or advice they can give us. My son is very serious about wanting to join and actually didn't discover that he had any problems with his kidneys until he had a medical at the end of his Army Scholarship assessment course (he didn't get the scholarship but not because of medical issues but was asked to apply via the normal route and his feedback was that although he hadn't made the grade for the scholarship ... he displayed a slightly too arrogant attitude apparently, but that the army did want him to try again)

    He is extremely upset at the moment and we can't find anywhere to get any sensible advice as to the impact that this condition will have on his ambitions.

    So if you know we would be very very grateful to hear what you have to say.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. From the Army website. (Link)

    The careers office, or an doctor qualified to carry out Army entrance medicals should be able to provide further clarification.
  3. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    So it was a renal consultant who gave the diagnosis? If so what gave cause for the referral?

    If it was a GP I'd ask for blood works to be done' plus 24 hours creatine collection. ( collect all piss in a gallon container for a period of 24 hours) and I'd ask for x-rays and ultrasound scans. Oh and if your feeling flush I'd pay for a private scan.

    Mild Iga could be plus 1 blood and plus 1 protein in the urine, but its not the only thing that can cause elevation of these levels.
  4. thanks for your replies. It was discovered when he had his medical at Westbury ... but it was just microscopic traces of blood in his urine. The doc then did lots of bloodwork to discount infections etc which were all clear. He was then sent to a renal specialist who said IgA but mild. He had a scan today and that is clear ie no other underlying kidney problems ... so still no clearer to me!

    but thank for taking the time to reply
  5. thanks for replying ... he is in touch with his ASLO and the Head of the CCF at his school who are putting a case together for him as no one seems to know if asymptomatic InG actually counts as kidney disease!

    so thanks for your help
  6. hi, i have this disease and i am a former marine so mi think i may be able to give you some advice. Iga is a problem with the immune system that ultimately damages the kidneys, it causes severe fatigue high blood pressure, mood swings. It can take a long time for this disease to progress, in my case it took 8 yrs to go from diagnosis to 40% kidney function. in my experience your soon will find it increasingly difficult to deal with the physical and mental stresses of the armed forces.