Medical Definition of Acute nephritis
A disease of the kidneys that results in inflammation of the glomerulus (the portion of the kidney that filters the blood).
Conditions which may cause glomerulonephritis include post-streptococcal disease (strep throat), lupus, syphilis, bacterial endocarditis, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, sepsis, vasculitis, Goodpasture's syndrome, typhoid fever, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, hepatitis or a viral infection (for example mumps, measles, mononucleosis).
(27 Sep 1997)
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