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Am J Kidney Dis. 1999 May;33(5):970-4.

Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis: a need for caution in live-related renal transplantation.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Oregon Health Sciences University, West Wendover Ave, Durham, NC, USA.


Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) has increasingly been recognized to occur in a familial pattern. We have observed the development of biopsy-confirmed FSGS and subsequent end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in one live related kidney donor and ESRD without biopsy in another. Both donors had family members with ESRD secondary to FSGS. Both donors were apparently healthy by routine physical examination, urinalysis, and serum creatinine at the time of evaluation as live related donors. We believe these cases emphasize the need for great caution when evaluating siblings as potential live related donors.

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