Infection-Related Glomerulonephritis

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2019 Feb;66(1):59-72. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2018.08.005.


Acute postinfectious glomerulonephritis or infection-related glomerulonephritis has been associated with several viral or bacterial infections. Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection is the prototypical cause of postinfectious glomerulonephritis and the main focus of this discussion. The clinical spectrum can vary widely, from asymptomatic microscopic hematuria incidentally detected on routine urinalysis to rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis with acute kidney injury requiring emergent dialysis. Other important causes include glomerulonephritis associated with endocarditis and ventriculoatrial shunt infections. Multiple renal pathologic conditions have been associated with hepatitis B and C infections.

Keywords: Endocarditis; Glomerulonephritis; Hepatitis; Postinfectious; Poststreptococcal; Shunt.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Bacterial Infections / complications*
  • Glomerulonephritis / microbiology*
  • Glomerulonephritis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Virus Diseases / complications*