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Post-Streptococcal Glomerulonephritis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis?

Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (PSGN) is an inflammation of your child's kidneys. It can prevent your child's kidneys from getting rid of waste and extra fluid. This can lead to high blood pressure and become harmful to your child. PSGN usually follows a streptococcal infection such as strep throat or impetigo. PSGN is common in children 5 to 12 years of age.

What are the symptoms of PSGN?

Symptoms occur suddenly about 1 to 4 weeks after your child's infection. Your child may have any of the following symptoms:

How is PSGN diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about any infection your child might have had. Urine and blood tests will be done to see how your child's kidneys are working. Your child's provider may order a throat culture if your child had strep throat. The provider will listen to your child's lungs and heart for abnormal sounds. The provider will also check your child's legs and face for swelling.

How is PSGN treated?

How can I manage my child's condition?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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