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Glomerulonephritis: Overview, Causes and Types


Certain illnesses are known to trigger acute GN, including:

  • strep throat
  • systemic lupus erythematosus, which is also called lupus
  • Goodpasture syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack your kidneys and lungs
  • amyloidosis, which occurs when abnormal proteins that can cause harm build up in your organs and tissues
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis, a rare disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels
  • polyarteritis nodosa, a disease in which cells attack arteries

Heavy use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), may also be a risk factor. You shouldn’t exceed the dosage and length of treatment listed on the bottle without seeking advice from your primary care provider.


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