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AGN Overview

Another name for AGN is Acute Glomerulonephritis.

What is acute glomerulonephritis?
A person with acute glomerulonephritis has inflammation of the blood vessels in the kidney, which causes the kidneys to malfunction. The most common cause of acute glomerulonephritis is a throat infection with the bacteria, Streptococcus.

What are the symptoms of acute glomerulonephritis?
Common symptoms of acute glomerulonephritis include blood in the urine, fever, nausea, rash, leg swelling, and high blood pressure.

How does the doctor treat acute glomerulonephritis?
Acute glomerulonephritis is usually treated with medications and a kidney diet. Kidney dialysis may be necessary in some patients.

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Last Updated: Aug 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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