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Medical Term:

rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis


Definition: glomerulonephritis usually presenting insidiously, without preceding streptococcal infection, with increasing renal failure leading to uremia within a few months; at autopsy the kidneys are of normal size, numerous glomerular capsular epithelial crescents are present, and antiglomerular basement membrane antibodies are frequently found.

Synonym(s): acute crescentic glomerulonephritis

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