What is included in patient education about acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN)?

Updated: Dec 05, 2018
  • Author: Rajendra Bhimma, MBChB, MD, PhD, DCH (SA), FCP(Paeds)(SA), MMed(Natal); Chief Editor: Craig B Langman, MD  more...
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Clearly and specifically explain the nature of the disease, its course, and the eventual prognosis of the condition to the child (if old enough to understand) and the parents and/or caregivers. They need to understand that, although complete resolution is expected, a small possibility exists for persistent disease, and that an even smaller possibility exists for progression. This information is necessary for some patients to ensure that compliance with the follow-up program occurs.

Clearly outline a follow-up plan and discuss the plan with the family. Blood pressure measurements and urine examinations for protein and blood constitute the basis of the follow-up plan. Perform examinations at 4- to 6-week intervals for the first 6 months and at 3- to 6-month intervals thereafter, until both hematuria and proteinuria have been absent and the blood pressure has been normal for 1 year. Documenting that the low C3 has returned to normal after 8-10 weeks may be useful.

For patient education information, see High Blood Pressure Center, as well as Blood in the Urine and Chronic Kidney Disease.

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