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July 26, 1919

COMPATIBILITY OF LONG LIFE WITH LOW RENAL FUNCTION

JAMA. 1919;73(4):248-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610300012004
Abstract

It is customary to consider chronic nephritis as a steadily progressive, degenerative process. As a rule, we do not think of the possibility of a stay in its progress when the disease has reached an advanced stage. One would certainly predict in such a case that the duration of life, with renal function near zero, must be extremely short. And yet, at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital we have observed several patients who have lived for three or four years with such a low renal function. I wish here to report two such cases.

In the time allotted, no complete study or detailed description of the cases is possible. In order to tell as much as possible I have tried to make the chart self-explanatory.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.  —A girl who, at 9, had scarlet fever without known sequelae; at 18 and 19 had a severe anemia necessitating

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