Renal Question #33


The nurse is caring for a client with glomerulonephritis and is reviewing the laboratory data. What laboratory findings will the nurse expect to find with glomerulonephritis? (Select all that apply)


  1. Elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).
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  2. Elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN).
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  3. Negative renal biopsy.
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  4. Delayed uptake and excretion of radioactive dye in renal scan.
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All of the laboratory findings will be found except a negative renal biopsy. Biopsy will be positive for glomerulonephritis and it may also be useful for treatment and prognosis, especially since glomerulonephritis is responsible for many cases of end-stage renal disease.

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