Which physical exam findings are characteristic of chronic glomerulonephritis?

Updated: Feb 24, 2020
  • Author: Moro O Salifu, MD, MPH, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Cause-specific physical examination findings are discussed elsewhere, in articles describing the specific causes (see Etiology). Uremia-specific physical findings include the following:

  • Hypertension

  • Jugular venous distention (if severe volume overload is present)

  • Pulmonary rales (if pulmonary edema is present)

  • Pericardial friction rub in pericarditis

  • Tenderness in the epigastric region or blood in the stool (possible indicators of uremic gastritis or enteropathy)

  • Decreased sensation and asterixis (indicators of advanced uremia)

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