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Ren Fail. 2004 Mar;26(2):185-8.

Other glomerular pathologies in three patients with diabetes mellitus.

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Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nephrology, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey.


Diabetic nephropathy is the common cause of end stage renal disease in diabetes mellitus. But other glomerular pathologies have been also described in diabetic patients. We described 3 cases with diabetes mellitus and other glomerular diseases. Case I: A 59-year-old male patient with type 2 diabetes mellitus for 4 years was evaluated for generalized edema. Physical examination showed pretibial edema and no diabetic retinopathy. The cause of nephrotic syndrome was membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis. Conservative therapy could not control the severe proteinuria and renal dysfunction. With corticosteroid and cyclophosphamide therapy partial remission was obtained. Case II: A 46-year-old diabetic woman was evaluated for severe proteinuria. Diabetic retinopathy was not found on her funduscopic examination. Mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis was found on renal biopsy. Proteinuria did not regress with conservative therapy and corticosteroid and cyclophosphamide. Case III: A 48-year-old male patient with diabetes mellitus type 2 for 2 years was admitted to the hospital because of nephrotic syndrome and weakness. At another hospital his diagnosis with biopsy showed minimal change disease. He was treated with corticosteroid since 3 months. His renal biopsy was reevaluated and found amyloid deposition but not diabetic nephropathy or minimal change disease. In diabetic patients, nondiabetic nephropathy is not uncommon and it was reported as common as about 30%. In addition to therapy for diabetes mellitus these patients can need specific therapy.

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