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a broad descriptive term once used for kidney disease with proteinuria, usually glomerulonephritis; named for Richard Bright, an English physician who published a description of the diseases in 1827.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Any of several diseases of the kidney, such as glomerulonephritis, marked by the presence of albumin in the urine. No longer in clinical use.
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Bright’s diseaseIt is uncertain exactly what condition Richard Bright (1789–1858) was describing in his report, “Cases and observations illustrative of renal disease accompanied with the secretion of albuminous urine” (Guy’s Hops Rep (London) 1836); the primitive understanding of renal structure and function, and the crude laboratory tools then available for evaluating renal disease, preclude determining an exact equivalent for the term Bright’s disease, although modern equivalents might include poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis, acute glomerulonephritis, nephritis and other renal conditions.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bright's diseaseAn old-fashioned term for the kidney disease GLOMERULONEPHRITIS. (Richard Bright, 1789–1858, English physician).
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