It causes crescent-shaped scarring of the glomeruli, hence its name.
Causes of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis include:
- microscopic polyangiitis
- Goodpastures (a topic to be tackled tomorrow)
- transformation from other glomerulonephritis'
Treatment is with high dose steroids.
The prognosis is poor, especially if the initial creatinine is higher than 600.
Since I find anything renal hard to swallow, achalasia seemed an appropriate next battle...