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MeSH D009401

Nephrosis refers to a non-inflammatory nephropathy.[1] Also known as nephrotic syndrome, nephrosis is any degenerative disease of the renal tubules. Nephrosis can be caused by kidney disease, or it may be secondary to another disorder.[2]

It should not be confused with nephritis, where inflammation is implied. However, some sources equate nephrosis with nephropathy.[3]

It can also be used to indicate an emphasis on the renal tubule.[4]

Examples include amyloid nephrosis and osmotic nephrosis.


Disability-adjusted life year for nephritis and nephrosis per 100,000 inhabitants in 2004.[5]
  no data
  less than 40
  more than 840


  1. ^ Nephrosis at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  2. ^ "eMedicineHealth Definition of Nephrosis". 
  3. ^ "Nephrosis" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  4. ^ nephrosis at eMedicine Dictionary[unreliable medical source?]
  5. ^ "WHO Disease and injury country estimates". World Health Organization. 2009. Retrieved Nov 11, 2009.