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November 12, 1910


Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear, St. Louis University ST. LOUIS

JAMA. 1910;55(20):1705-1708. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330200015004

An experience with acute nephritis, following tonsillitis, during the winter of 1908-9, has brought two important facts to mind:

  1. Acute nephritis is a frequent sequel of tonsillitis.

  2. This is overlooked in practice by the great majority of practitioners.

Pediatricians are perhaps more familiar with the associations of nephritis and tonsillitis than are general practitioners and laryngologists, but what I have observed during the past year has convinced me that this association is too little appreciated by any class of practitioners. On this account, it has seemed timely to bring the relation of these two conditions to the notice of laryngologists, not so much to add anything new as to present the known facts, and to draw inferences from them that are justifiable.

The following cases are the first in which I have ever recognized the association of nephritis with tonsillitis:

Case 1.—  I. L., daughter of a physician, aged 13,