Proliferative glomerulonephritis with monoclonal IgG deposits recurs in the allograft

Samih H. Nasr, Sanjeev Sethi, Lynn D. Cornell, Mary E. Fidler, Mark Boelkins, Fernando C. Fervenza, Fernando G. Cosio, Vivette D. D'Agati

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Background and objectives: Proliferative GN with monoclonal IgG deposits (PGNMID) is a newly described entity resembling immune complex GN. Its potential to recur in the allograft is undefined. Design, setting, participants, & measurements: The first cases of recurrent PGNMID in the allograft are reported. Results: The cohort includes four Caucasians (3 women, 1 man) with a mean age 58.5 years. No patient had M spike or hematologic malignancy. Recurrence was first documented by biopsy at a mean of 3.8 months posttransplant for indications of renal insufficiency in four patients, proteinuria in three patients, and microhematuria in three patients. Monoclonal IgG deposits (3 IgG3κ and 1 IgG3λ) in the transplants had identical heavy- and light-chain isotypes as in the native kidneys. In two patients, a pattern of endocapillary GN was identified in the native and transplant biopsies, whereas two patients with membranoproliferative GN in the native kidney developed endocapillary or mesangial GN in the transplant. Recurrence was treated with combined high-dose prednisone plus rituximab (n = 3) or plus cyclophosphamide (n = 1). After a mean posttransplant follow-up of 43 months, all four patients achieved reduction in proteinuria and three had reduction in creatinine. Repeat biopsies showed reduced histologic activity after treatment. Conclusions: PGNMID can recur in the transplant despite the absence of a serum M spike. Recurrence is heralded by proteinuria, hematuria, and allograft dysfunction and manifests diverse histologic patterns. Although the pathogenesis remains unknown, early immunosuppressive therapy appears to stabilize the course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-132
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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