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Evaluation of rapidly progressive glomeru-lonephritis. This algorithm schematically illustrates a diagnostic approach to the various causes of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (Figure 2-24), Serologic studies, especially measurement of circulating antiglomerular basement membrane antibodies, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, antinuclear antibodies, and serum complement component concentrations, are used for diagnosis. Serologic patterns (A through D)permit categorization of probable disease entities.

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