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Intern Med. 2019 Jan 1;58(1):31-38. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.1379-18. Epub 2018 Aug 10.

Clinical and Pathological Characteristics of Elderly Japanese Patients with IgA Vasculitis with Nephritis: A Case Series.

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Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine, The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan.
Department of Internal Medicine, Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital, Japan.


Objective This case series aimed to identify the clinical and pathological characteristics of elderly patients (≥60 years) with biopsy-proven IgA vasculitis with nephritis (IgAVN). Methods The clinical and pathological presentation and treatment outcomes were compared between two groups. Patients Patients with IgAVN who were ≥19 years old at the time of their renal biopsy were divided into elderly (≥60 years) and adult (19-59 years) groups. Results Of the 23 patients in our study, 13 were elderly. In the elderly group, the median age at the diagnosis was 68 years (range, 60-85 years), with a median follow-up period of 15 months (range, 3-80 months). Twelve elderly patients had comorbidities, including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and malignancies. A decrease in the estimated glomerular filtration rate, as well as massive proteinuria and rapidly progressive nephritic syndrome, were more frequent in the elderly group than in the adult group. Furthermore, renal pathological changes, including cellular or fibrocellular crescents, interstitial fibrosis, tubular atrophy, and arteriosclerosis, were more severe among elderly patients than adult patients. All elderly patients were treated with glucocorticoids and had no incidence of end-stage renal disease at the final follow-up; in addition, nine elderly patients had reduced proteinuria with a preserved renal function. Adverse events, including infection, diabetes mellitus, and vascular disorders, were identified in nine patients. Three elderly patients died from severe infections. Conclusion IgAVN in elderly patients is characterized by severe renal involvement. Elderly patients are at higher risk than adults for treatment-related adverse events.


Henoch-Schönlein; adults; elderly; glomerulonephritis; purpura

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