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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

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AGUIAR, Ana et al. Rapidly progressive crescentic glomerulonephritis in the elderly. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2013, vol.73, n.2, pp.148-152. ISSN 0025-7680.

Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) is a syndrome characterized by glomerular lesions giving rise to acute renal injury that develops within a brief period of time, usually days or a few months. It is classified according to the underlying mechanism of injury and the immunofluorescence findings into four main disorders. In the last decade, nephrologists have witnessed a steady rise in the mean age of the patients diagnosed with RPGN. This observation may reflect an increase in the incidence of this entity and also a more timely diagnosis. We present 3 cases of RPGN in elderly patients, diagnosed within a 3-month period at our institution which illustrates the spectrum of these conditions.

Keywords : Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis; Acute renal failure; Elderly.

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