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Minerva Urol Nefrol. 2012 Jun;64(2):149-52.

A typical Wegeners granulomatosis -- but not pauci-immune!

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Department of Internal Medicine, Robert-Bosch Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany.


We present a the case of 58-year old man who was admitted to hospital with typical clinical features (bloody nasal discharge, arthralgia, acute kidney injury with a nephritic syndrome) consisting with Wegeners granulomatosis (WG). CT-scan showed pulmonary nodules and antineutrophil cytoplasmatic antibodies (ANCA) were elevated. A kidney biopsy showed a crescentic glomerulonephritis, but not pauci-immune-immune with a histopathological staining of a mesangioproliferative IgA-glomerulonephritis. The patient was put on prednisolone and i.v. cyclophosphamid (CYCLOPS-protocol (1). The anti-proteinase-3 antibody titer decreased and the CT-scan showed decreased activity of Wegener's granulomatosis (BVAS 26 dropped to 2) and the patient`s serum creatinine level was stable. The exact nosological relation of mesangial IgA-nephropathy to WG is still unclear. This case underlines that knowledge of renal histology is essential in the management of patients with renal disease, especially in patients with hematuria and/or proeinuria with positive ANCA.

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