Glomerulonephritis stems from injury to the tiny tubules inside the kidneys. They filter wastes from blood and make urine. If they aren’t working well, wastes build up in the in the body.
There are 2 types:
Anatomy of the Kidney
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Common causes of glomerulonephritis:
Risk of glomerulonephritis is higher with:
You may not have symptoms. If you do have them, you may have:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may also have:
You will be referred to a specialist for care.
The care depends on the cause. The focus is to maintain kidney function and lower the chances of further injury. Care may involve:
To lower your chances of glomerulonephritis:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Kidney Foundation
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
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Glomerulonephritis. National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/glomerul. Accessed June 4, 2018.
Overview of glomerular disorders. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/genitourinary-disorders/glomerular-disorders/overview-of-glomerular-disorders. Updated . Accessed June 4, 2018.
Last reviewed May 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 6/4/2018