The Symptoms of Acute Inflammation Of The Kidneys or Acute Bright's Disease

Chill, followed by fever and sharp pain in the region of the kidneys; sometimes violent vomiting; frequent urination; suppression of urine; urine opaque, bloody, or of a dark, or dirty brown color. (Edema, or dropsy, which changes from one part of the body to another, as from the face to the feet and ankles, or the reverse. Symptoms of suppression of urine, as convulsions, coma, etc.; examination with the microscope shows casts of the small tubes of the kidneys.

The Causes of Acute Inflammation Of The Kidneys or Acute Bright's Disease

This disease is a croupous inflammation of the kidneys, involving chiefly the small urinary tubes, which become blocked up, causing suppression of the secretion of urine. It occurs very frequently as a complication of scarlet fever, measles, diphtheria, typhus fever, and cholera. It may also occur in malarial fever.

When it occurs independently, it is commonly a result of exposure to cold, or the use of irritating diuretics or other irritating drugs, which affect principally the urinary organs, as balsam of copaiba, cantharides, and oil of turpentine.

There is every evidence to believe, also, that free indulgence in the use of alcohol, beer,-which is exceedingly stimulating to the kidneys, and the excessive use of tobacco, are also causes of acute Bright's disease.