undesirable term for glomerulonephritis with proteinuria, hematuria and azotemia persisting for many weeks; renal changes are variable, including those of rapidly progressive and membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis.
Synonym(s): subacute nephritis
an uncommon noninfectious disease of the glomerulus of the kidney characterized by proteinuria, hematuria, decreased production of urine, and edema. Of unknown cause, the disease may progress rapidly, and renal failure may occur. Kidney transplantation and dialysis are the only treatments available. See also chronic glomerulonephritis, postinfectious glomerulonephritis, uremia.