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What is the cause of the peripheral edema that often manifests with glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome?


What is the cause of the peripheral edema that often manifests with glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome?

A. Systemic inflammation

B. Right heart failure

C. Loss of plasma proteins in urine

D. Sodium retention
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Who is at risk for acute glomerulonephritis?


I need to find a website who says the type of people that would be considered high risk for acute glomerulonephritis. Please a specific site that lists who is high risk cuz I could find a site that just talks about it all night long.
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A good web site that will give you some good general information with a medical slant is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glomerulonephritis

This site states that the primary causes are ones which are intrinsic to the kidney, whilst secondary causes are associated with certain infections (bacterial, viral or parasitic pathogens), drugs, systemic disorders (SLE, vasculitis) or cancers.

There are several bacteria, viruses, and parasites that do NOT show up on typical lab tests. If you suspect you may have this problem, I would strongly suggest you demand your doctor has a PCR lab test done to look for nanobacteria because the kidney is one of three targets it goes after in the body and can cause this problem. Most doctors rely on typical lab tests and ignore looking deeper into the "root cause" and end up treating the symptoms, not really resolving the issue for the patient.

There is NO specific type of person that the nanobacteria will or will not attack. Anyone can get this problem. The nanobacteria gets into the body in cooked foods and especially in people with low stomach acid or are taking antacids that doctors prescribe for acid reflux and acid indigestion, creating a "doctor induced illness" as a result.

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Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis how long does it last after treatment of penicillin?


12 yr old boy. Treated with penicillin and diuretics. Why do the urine test positive for blood cells and proteins after 4 weeks? How long will it take to kidney function to return to normal?
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...post strep glomerulonephritis is an inflammatory response in the kidney due to the body's own immune response (production of antigens and antibodies) to a streptococcal infection somewhere else in the body, usually throat or soft tissue. The appropriate and definitive treatment is penicillin(the BEST antibiotic for hemolytic strep) to rid the body of the acute infection, then diuretics to coax the kidneys back into proper function and reduce edema, along with proper fluid and electrolyte balance check and replacement. In the adult antihypertensives may be needed until the inflammatory process is well into retreat. The pediatric patient's kidney function usually bounces back quicker, but spillage of protein and evidence of the inflammatory immune response lasts weeks maybe even a few months......RARELY chronic renal/kidney dysfunction may develop......sounds like the medical Rx given to the child thus far is in order and appropriate for this relatively rare secondary complication of hemolytic strep infection......................joz.........................  (+ info)

Does anyone know of someone with fibrillary glomerulonephritis or immunotactoid glomerulopathy?


Does anyone know of someone with fibrillary glomerulonephritis or immunotactoid glomerulopathy and survived this illness? Also does anyone know of a doctor or hospital(anywhere in the world) that has successfully treated this illness?
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That shizznit dont exist! Ya'll makin it up G!  (+ info)

How does skin infectios and tonsilitis/pharyngitis lead to post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis?


Tonsilitis/pharyngitis and skin infection caused by streptococcus pyogenes. How did the microorganism travel from the throat/skin to the kidneys and cause the disease?
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Untreated Strep throat can cause post-strep glomerulonephritis. Signs and symptoms usually begin 3 weeks after your sore throat. As far as your skin is concerned, you always have bacteria on it. Touch and and then fingers go in the mouth unknowingly. Untreated Strep can also cause rheumatic heart disease.. I had post strep throat glomerulonephritis twice while in I was in nursing school. Unfortuately, it kept me back a year. That was over 30 years ago. I don't know is there is now a strep kit on the market without a prescription, but there should be so people know whether or not they have strep and should be treated. So many sore throats are caused by viruses. When I was younger I had sore throats several times a year. If I ran to the doctor everytime I had a sore throat, I'd have been there all the time. I do know that there is a quick strep test available in a doctors office. 10 years ago, I finally had my tonsils removed. I haven't had a sore throat since. Unfortuantely, untreated strep can cause glomeruolnephritis and rheumatic heart disease.  (+ info)

What is the difference between Glomerulonephritis and Nephrotic Syndrone? (I'm a nursing student :) )?


I'm trying to study and I know that Glomerulonephritis can cause Nephrotic Syndrone..but what is the difference between the two? The s/s are the same, the diagnosis' are the same, treatments are the same..ahh. Please shed some light!
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nephrotic syndrome is a cluster of 4 things: proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia,edema, and hyperlipidemia.
glomerulonephritis is an inflammation of the blood vessels in the kidneys. It may show through hematuria or protein in the urine. The syndrome is all of the above. vague but I hope it helps..  (+ info)

What is Focal Sclerosing Glomerulonephritis?


I was always told I had urinary reflux when I was born but was finally diagnosed at the age of 9 with Pylonephritis.

I don't get why in 2005 when I was hospitalized they put on my medical records that I had Focal Sclerosing Glomerulonephritis.

So now I am trying to find what that is (thought maybe just another name for what I had) but there is very little information on the net on this .. especially something easy to understand.

Does anyone know the answer?
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I understand the term as Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. This may help in your search.

This is a disease of the kidneys of an unknown cause. It is characterised by hyaline deposition in the glomeruli of the kidneys (the bit of the kidney that does all the filtering of the blood).

Hyaline is a compound found in the body. If it deposits on the glomerulus, what can happen is that the cells of the immune system bind to it and attack it, trying to clear it from the kidney. A side affect of this is that the immune cells often do even further damage to the glomerulus causing the sclerosis (thickening due to damage).

The impairment is generally progressive and is characterised by loss of protein in the urine (proteinuria). This may cause swelling in the body, particularly of the face and around the eyes. The person may also develop hypertension.

You would usually be diagnosed with this condition after a renal biopsy. If you've not had a biopsy this is perhaps just a working diagnosis and it might be something else which is causing problems for your kidneys.   (+ info)

My friend,28, has glomerulonephritis in Stage 3 renal disease. If he follows treatment how long can he live?


The disease is chronic and I am researching it but cannont find answers for average life expectancy with proper management of the disease?
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He could actually live for a long time. A lot depends on exactly what set off the kidney failure. He should be under the care of a nephrologist. Also, dialysis is in his future.  (+ info)

Prednisolone treatment for Glomerulonephritis?


Prednisolone is used for treating glomerulonephritis including - minimal change, epimembranous, membranoprolifative, Paci immune and focal segmental...
How does the treatment work? and also why doesnt it work for other types like iga? thanks!
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Question #1: Prednisolone inhibits or reduces the inflammatory response found in these conditions. Of course, it's not used alone to treat the conditions.

Question #2: Although some with minimal change nephropathies have shone improvement with the use of steroid therapy these are patients with preserved renal function. In general, Pred does not benefit the patient with IgA nephropathy and there has been no overwhelming and compelling evidence to support its use.  (+ info)

What are the risk factors of acute glomerulonephritis?


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