Journal of Clinical Nephrology and Therapeutics

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Glomerulonephritis

Glomerulonephritis (GN) is an inflammation of the glomeruli, which are the structures in your kidneys that are made up of tiny blood vessels. These knots of vessels help to filter your blood and remove excess fluids. If your glomeruli are damaged, your kidneys will stop working properly, and you can go into the kidney failure. Sometimes called nephritis, GN is an serious illness that can be life-threatening and requires immediate treatment. GN can be both acute, or sudden, and chronic, or long-term. This condition was used to be known as Bright's disease.

The first step in the diagnosis is a urinalysis test. Blood and protein in urine are the important markers for the disease. A routine physical exam for another condition can also to lead the discovery of GN.

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