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Glomerulonephritis


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Overview

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease in which there is inflammation of the glomeruli, the tiny filters that remove excess waste and fluids from the blood.[1][2] It may be acute or chronic (coming on gradually), and may occur on its own (primary) or be caused by another condition (secondary).[1] Signs and symptoms may depend on the type and cause of the condition and may include blood in the urine; foamy urine; swelling of the face, eyes, or other body parts; abdominal pain; high blood pressure; fatigue; and/or other symptoms.[1][2] If the condition is severe or prolonged, the kidneys can become damaged.[1] It may be caused by a variety of infections and diseases, and sometimes the cause is unknown. Treatment depends on the cause, type and severity of the condition.[2]
Last updated: 7/17/2012

References

  1. Glomerulonephritis. Mayo Clinic. April 2, 2011; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/glomerulonephritis/DS00503. Accessed 7/17/2012.
  2. Glomerulonephritis. PubMed Health. September 20, 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001515/. Accessed 7/17/2012.
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