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Glomerulonephritis explained

Educational resources for renal medicine

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Glomerulonephritis can be an intimidating subject, but it shouldn't be - it's interesting! All is related to a simple diagram (right, shown larger below) that shows the spectrum of glomerular injury.  And to make it simple, there are 3+2 causes of most things. And it has Music! - but it's to follow, or for the live presentation.

This should be more than enough to pass any undergraduate assessment on glomerulonephritis. Or you have crazy examiners. Postgraduates (e.g. for MRCP) should start with Glomerulonephritis 1 and go for the Postgrad variant of GN2 further down the page.

Narrated Lectures, or  read it on pages.     How to read a biopsy.

The Valentine project (commenced Feb 14th 2013) covers teaching on the Presentation of renal disease and Renal Inflammation (which is glomerulonephritis and interstitial nephritis). Watch the three short narrated lectures, then come to the live session where instead of a lecture we practise diagnosing some cases. At the moment you need Flash for the online lectures to work, so it doesn't work on your tablet. Sorry, will work on that. You will eventually also be able to read the same material on the pages below.  If the sound doesn't work, press Reload once or twice.  


Glomerulonephritis 1: principles, spectrum and diseases (30 mins); Glomerulonephritis 2-UG: disease by disease at Undergraduate level (40 mins). PG version below. Tubulointerstitial diseases (13 mins) runs on naturally. Recommended music for Tubulointersitial diseases is  Harlem Nocturne (unknown artists, Toronto). Play in a separate window at half volume

Go on to read the two last pages linked below, A patient with haematuria, and A patient with proteinuria. These aren't dealt with in the lectures above. 

HANDOUTS:  (1)  Renal Inflammation handout with reminders (200kb pdf); (2) Selected slides from the GN lectures (1Mb pdf) in case you like to make notes as you listen. These won't make brilliant sense unless you also listen to the lectures. 

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Glomerulonephritis 2-PG: disease by disease at Postgraduate level (e.g. MRCP) (46 mins). It's the same as the UG version but a bit longer.  This lecture is from the Edinburgh Online MSc in Internal Medicine, which is produced jointly by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.  More about the MSc.  


How to read a biopsy

Sound like an expert: At postgraduate or over-interested student level is this outstanding 7-minute video from the ISN describing an Approach to interpreting glomerular lesions by Dr Nasreen Mohamed. Very concise if you skip the first half minute intro and credits at the end. Anyone could benefit from watching this. Direct Vimeo link.




This figure is useful to understand glomerulonephritis. 

Read it on pages

On the pages below is the same content, broken into pages to read, rather than listen to.  ! Work in progress !


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