Acute glomerular nephritis, the form of nephritis encountered most frequently in childhood, is preceded usually by an acute illness commonly associated with the hemolytic streptococcus.1 Following recovery from the acute infection, a period of from several days to two or three weeks often elapses before the onset of the renal disturbance. The child may be up and about and even return to school, when puffiness of the eyes, especially in the morning, directs attention to the condition, or hematuria may be the first abnormality noted. In many cases a certain amount of pallor and the continued presence of blood in the urine are the presenting signs, which may persist for a period varying from four to six weeks, or even longer. The prognosis in this form of nephritis is good as regards life and freedom from permanent sequelae, in the majority of instances.
However, there may develop, in children
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