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 [nĕ-fri´tis] (pl. nephri´tides)
inflammation of the kidney; a focal or diffuse proliferative or destructive disease that may involve the glomerulus, tubule, or interstitial renal tissue. Called also Bright's disease. The most usual form is glomerulonephritis, that is, inflammation of the glomeruli, which are clusters of renal capillaries. Damage to the membranes of the glomeruli results in impairment of the filtering process, so that blood and proteins such as albumin pass out into the urine. Depending on the symptoms it produces, nephritis is classified as acute nephritis, chronic nephritis, or nephrosis (called also the nephrotic syndrome).
Acute Nephritis. This occurs most frequently in children and young people and seems to strike those who have recently suffered from sore throat, scarlet fever, and other infections caused by streptococci; it is believed to originate as an immune response on the part of the kidney. An attack may produce no symptoms, but more often there are headaches, a rundown feeling, back pain, and perhaps slight fever. The urine may look smoky, bloody, or wine-colored. Analysis of the urine shows the presence of erythrocytes, albumin, and casts. Another symptom is edema of the face or ankles, more common in the morning than in the evening. The blood pressure usually rises during acute nephritis, and in severe cases hypertension may be accompanied by convulsions.

Treatment consists chiefly of bed rest and a carefully controlled diet. Penicillin is often used if an earlier streptococcal infection is still lingering. Recovery is usually complete. In a small percentage of cases, however, acute nephritis resists complete cure. It may subside for a time and then become active again, or it may develop into chronic nephritis. Dialysis may be indicated in patients with fluid overload that is refractory to diuretics, or who become clinically uremic.
Chronic Nephritis. Chronic nephritis may follow a case of acute nephritis immediately or it may develop after a long interval during which no symptoms have been present. Many cases of chronic nephritis occur in people who have never had the acute form of the disease. Symptoms are often unpredictable and variable from case to case, but there is almost always steady, progressive, permanent damage to the kidneys.

Chronic nephritis generally moves through three stages. In the first stage, the latent stage, there are few outward symptoms. There may be slight malaise, but often the only indication of the disease is the presence of albumin and other abnormal substances in the urine. If a blood count is made during this stage, anemia may be found. There is no special treatment during the latent stage of chronic nephritis. The patient can live a normal life but should avoid extremes of fatigue and exposure and should eat a well balanced diet.

The first stage may be followed by a second stage, in which edema occurs in the face, legs, or arms. The main treatment in this stage consists of a low-protein, low-sodium diet and diuretics. Steroid hormones may be helpful.

At the final stage of chronic nephritis is end-stage renal disease. Treatments are kidney transplant and dialysis. At any stage of chronic nephritis it is particularly important to avoid other infections, which will aggravate the condition.

There is no known cure for chronic nephritis, although the progress of the disease can be delayed, so that the patient can live an almost normal life for years. Many patients are being helped by repeated purification of their uremic blood by hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, or by transplantation.
glomerular nephritis glomerulonephritis.
interstitial nephritis nephritis with increase of interstitial tissue and thickening of vessel walls and malpighian corpuscles; it may be due to overuse of analgesics, mercury poisoning, gout, or any of various other conditions.
lupus nephritis glomerulonephritis associated with systemic lupus erythematosus.
potassium-losing nephritis see under nephropathy.
radiation nephritis kidney damage caused by ionizing radiation; symptoms include glomerular and tubular damage, hypertension, and proteinuria, sometimes leading to renal failure. It may be acute or chronic, and some varieties do not manifest until years after the radiation exposure.
salt-losing nephritis salt-losing nephropathy.
transfusion nephritis nephropathy following transfusion from an incompatible donor as a result of the hemoglobin of the hemolyzed red blood cells being deposited in the renal tubules.
tubulointerstitial nephritis nephritis of the renal tubules and interstitial tissues, usually seen secondary to a drug sensitization, systemic infection, graft rejection, or autoimmune disease. Characteristics include lymphocytes in interstitial infiltrate and within tubules, mild hematuria, and pyuria. Acute tubulointerstitial nephritis is usually seen as a complication of infection or allergy. Chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis is when the condition has progressed to interstitial fibrosis with shrunken kidneys, a lowered glomerular filtration rate, and danger of renal failure.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

lu·pus ne·phri·tis

a form of glomerluponephritis occuring in some people with systemic lupus erythematosus, although it may also be renally limited. May be characterized by hematuria, proteinuria, or both, with or without associated hypertension. Can lead to a progressive or fulminant course resulting in renal failure. May present as the progressive or fulminant course resulting in renal failure. May also present as the nephrotic syndrome in some people; renal biopsies in these people are classified by the World Health Organization criteria and by activity and chronicity. Biopsy findings take the forms of: no apparent disease (WHO class I), mesangial proliferation (WHO class II), focal proliferative lesions (WHO class III), diffuse proliferative lesions (WHO class IV), membranous lesions (WHO class V), or end stage lesions (WHO class VI).
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lupus nephritis

Lupus glomerular disease, lupus nephropathy Rheumatology Any nephropathy seen in systemic lupus erythematosus  Pathogenesis Classes II-V are attributed to deposition of DNA-anti-DNA immune complexes containing Igs, complement,  cryoglobulins Management Prednisone, cyclophosphamide.
Lupus nephritis–WHO classification
Class I Normal–rarely recognized
Class II Mesangial lupus GN–10% of Pts Minimal clinical disease, mild hematuria, mild proteinuria LM Granular mesangial deposition of Ig and complement
Class III Focal proliferative glomerulonephritis–±13 of Pts Moderate clinical manifestations, recurrent hematuria, moderate proteinuria, possible progression to renal failure LM Focal swelling and proliferation of endothelial and mesangial cells, neutrophil infiltration, fibrinoid debris
Class IV Diffuse proliferative GN–45-50% Overtly symptomatic, microscopic or gross hematuria, proteinuria ± nephrotic syndrome, ± hypertension, often ↓ GFR LM Global glomerular involvement, proliferation of endothelial and mesangial, and sometimes epithelial cells
Class V Membranous GN–10% Overtly symptomatic, microscopic or gross hematuria, severe proteinuria with nephrotic syndrome, HTN, ↓ GFR LM Thickening of capillary walls similar to idiopathic membranous GN
GFR Glomerular filtration rate GN Glomerulonephritis  LM Light microscopy WHO classification  
Note: Plasmapheresis does not improve the clinical outcome in LN NEJM 1992; 326:1373oa
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lu·pus neph·ri·tis

(lū'pŭs nĕ-frī'tis)
Glomerulonephritis occurring in some patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, characterized by hematuria and a progressive course culminating in renal failure.
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Lupus nephritis was the most common among secondary GN (68.6%), followed by diabetic nephropathy (22.5%); membranous nephropathy was the most common primary GN (30.0%), followed by IgA nephropathy (16.6%) (Figure 2).
Additional mesangial and membranous lupus nephritis disease controls were lacking.
We found significantly higher levels of IL-23 in SLE patients than in the controls, and there was also an important correlation of IL-23 serum concentrations and lupus nephritis, which is in accordance with other data.
It could mean that lupus podocytopathy may occur in a healed late stage of an immune complex-induced lupus nephritis. However, so far no reports of transforming membranous LN, immune complex nephropathy, to a nonimmune complex lupus podocytopathy are found in English literature.
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Active disease and lupus nephritis are nearly always present in such cases, and the two major causes of death are complications from lupus disease activity and opportunistic infection [3].

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