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November 1921


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Am J Dis Child. 1921;22(5):438-442. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.04120050009002

It is a well recognized fact that the excretion of albumin in the urine occurs in circulatory disturbances of the kidneys. As the kidney is very sensitive to circulatory disorders, albuminuria may occur (except in nephritis) either because of local congestion of the veins and capillaries, or because of anemic infarct of the kidney. It may also occur in the course of general anasarca due to obstruction.

As stated by Jehle,1 lordosis is the chief cause of orthostatic albuminuria. Venous hyperemia of the kidney is brought on by faulty position of the lumbar spine. This observation was confirmed by animal experiments, which have since been repeated by many investigators.

Menge2 employed massage of the kidney in twenty-one instances; in fifteen the presence of albuminuria was confirmed. Zebrowski and Glewitsch3 attempted to electrify the kidney with the faradic current in thirty-three cases. They found albuminuria in only one

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