• Acute glomerulonephritis is a disease
characterized by the sudden appearance of
edema, hematuria, proteinuria, and
• It is a representative disease of acute
nephritic syndrome in which
inflammation of the glomerulus is
manifested by proliferation of cellular
elements secondary to an immunologic
Acute Proliferative (Poststreptococcal,
Characterized histologically by
• diffuse proliferation of glomerular cells,
associated with influx of
• Occurs predominantly in males
97 percent occur in developing
• These lesions are typically caused by
• The inciting antigen may be
Acute Proliferative Glomerulonephritis
• The most common underlying infections are
but the disorder also has been associated
with other infections.
• It usually appears 1 to 4 weeks after a
streptococcal infection of the pharynx
• It occurs most frequently in children 6 to 10
years of age, but adults of any age can also
Etiology and Pathogenesis.
Only certain strains of group A β-hemolytic
streptococci are nephritogenic,
more than 90% of cases being traced to types 12,
4, and 1, which can be identified by typing of M
protein of the cell wall.
The M and T proteins in the bacterial wall have been used for
characterizing streptococci. Nephritogenicity is mainly restricted to
certain M protein serotypes (ie, 1, 2, 4, 12, 18, 25, 49, 55, 57, and 60)
that have shown nephritogenic potential.
Etiology & Pathogenesis of Ac Prolif. G
• Poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis is an
immunologically mediated disease.
• Elevated titers of antibodies against one
or more streptococcal antigens are present in
a great majority of patients.
Etiology & Pathogenesis of Ac Prolif. G
• Serum complement levels are low,
• There are granular immune deposits
in the glomeruli, supporting an immune complex–mediated mechanism.
The resulting glomerular immune complex disease triggers
complement activation and inflammation.
• The 2 most widely proposed theories include
(1) glomerular trapping of circulating
immune complexes and
• (2) in situ immune antigen-antibody complex
formation resulting from antibodies reacting
with either streptococcal components
deposited in the glomerulus or with
components of the glomerulus itself, which
has been termed “molecular mimicry.”
Etiology & Pathogenesis
• Several cationic antigens, including a
nephritis-associated streptococcal plasmin
receptor (NAPlr), unique to
nephritogenic strains of streptococci, can be
found in affected glomeruli.
Etiology & PathogEnEsis
• Streptococcal pyogenic exotoxin B (SpeB)
and its zymogen precursor (zSpeB), are the
principal antigenic determinants
in most cases of poststreptococcal
It shows a diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis
with prominent endocapillary proliferation and
Trichrome stain may show small subepithelial
Crescent formation is uncommon and is associated
with a poor prognosis.
Light microscopic findings
Early stage → glomerular
Later stage → Proliferation of intrinsic
endothelial & mesangial cells
• Shows a characteristic pattern of deposits of
immunoglobulin (IgG) and C3 distributed in a
diffuse granular pattern within the mesangium,
and glomerular capillary walls.
• Other immune reactants (eg, IgM, IgA, fibrin,
and other complement components) may also
The dome-shaped subepithelial electron-dense
deposits that are referred to as humps.
Subendothelial immune deposits and subsequent
complement activation are responsible for the
local influx of inflammatory cells, leading to a
proliferative glomerulonephritis, an active urine
sediment, and a variable decline in glomerular
Subepithelial "humps" are responsible for epithelial
cell damage and proteinuria, similar to that seen in
Clinical Features Of APG
In the classic case, a young child abruptly
malaise, fever, nausea, oliguria, and hematuria
1 to 2 weeks after recovery from a sore
Clinical features of Acute Proliferative Glomerulonephritis
The patients have red cell casts in the urine,
mild proteinuria (usually less than 1 gm/day),
periorbital edema, and mild to moderate
Clinical features of Acute Proliferative
In adults the onset is more likely to
be atypical, such as the sudden appearance
of hypertension or edema, frequently with
elevation of BUN.
Clinical features of Acute
• During epidemics caused by nephritogenic
streptococcal infections, glomerulonephritis
may be asymptomatic, discovered
only on screening for microscopic hematuria.
• Elevations of antistreptococcal antibody
• a decline in the serum concentration of C3
and other components of the complement
• More than 95% of affected children
eventually recover totally with conservative
therapy aimed at maintaining sodium and
• A small minority of children (perhaps fewer
than 1%) do not improve, become severely
oliguric, and develop a rapidly progressive
form of glomerulonephritis.
Glomerulonephritis occurs sporadically in
association with other infections, including
bacterial viral and parasitic.
Granular immunofluorescent deposits and
subepithelial humps are present.
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