Chronic glomerulonephritis is the advanced stage of a group of kidney disorders, resulting in inflammation and gradual, progressive destruction of the glomeruli (internal kidney structures).
Glomerulonephritis - chronic; Chronic nephritis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Chronic glomerulonephritis occurs when there is slow, progressive destruction of the glomeruli of the kidney, with progressive loss of kidney function. In some cases, the cause is found to be a specific attack to the body's immune system, but in most cases, the cause is unknown (it is generally thought that a still-unidentified abnormality of the immune system is to blame). This condition causes
Damage to the glomeruli means that the kidneys don't filter properly. This results in blood and protein in the urine. Because symptoms develop gradually, the disorder may be discovered when there is an abnormal
Glomerulonephritis is among the leading causes of chronic kidney failure and end stage kidney disease. If a kidney biopsy is performed early on, it may be possible to reach a precise diagnosis of the cause, such as
This condition may develop after survival of the
Review Date: 09/13/2005
Reviewed By: Robert Mushnick, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate Health Center, Brooklyn, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.