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      Tonsillectomy reduces recurrence of IgA nephropathy in mesangial hypercellularity type categorized by the Oxford classification

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          In patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN), recurrence after steroid pulse therapy is associated with reduced renal survival. However, the predictors of recurrence have not yet been clarified.


          All patients who received 6-month steroid pulse therapy from 2004 to 2010 in our four affiliated hospitals and achieved a reduction of proteinuria to <0.4 g/day 1 year after treatment were retrospectively evaluated. The primary outcome was proteinuria ≥1.0 g/day during follow-up or additional antiproteinuric therapy. Two histological classifications were evaluated, the Oxford Classification with a split system and Japanese histological grades (HGs) with a lumped system.


          During a median follow-up of 3.4 years, 27 (26.7 %) of the 101 patients showed recurrence. Multivariate analysis showed that HG was the only significant predictor of recurrence, with HG 2+3+4 vs HG 1 having a hazard ratio of 7.38 (95 % confidence interval 1.52–133). Furthermore, in patients with mesangial hypercellularity according to the Oxford Classification, cumulative rate of recurrence-free survival was greater in patients with steroid therapy plus tonsillectomy compared with those who received steroid therapy alone (Log-rank test, P = 0.022). However, this association was not observed in patients without mesangial hypercellularity.


          HG is a novel predictor of recurrence after steroid pulse therapy in patients with IgAN. Moreover, the combination of steroid pulse therapy plus tonsillectomy may indicate a lower risk of recurrence in patients with mesangial hypercellularity, as defined by the Oxford Classification.

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              We sought to identify the long-term renal survival rate and related risk factors of progression to renal failure in Chinese adult patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) and to quantify the effects of proteinuria during the follow-up on outcome in patients with IgAN. Patients with biopsy-proven primary IgAN in the Nanjing Glomerulonephritis Registry were studied. Renal survival and the relationships between clinical parameters and renal outcomes were assessed. One thousand one hundred and fifty-five patients were enrolled in this study. The 10-, 15- and 20-year cumulative renal survival rates, calculated by Kaplan-Meier method, were 83, 74 and 64%, respectively. At the time of biopsy, proteinuria>1.0 g/day [hazard ratio (HR) 3.2, P 1.0 g/day were associated with a 9.4-fold risk than patients with TA-P<1.0 g/day (P<0.001) and 46.5-fold risk than those with TA-P<0.5 g/day (P<0.001). Moreover, patients who achieved TA-P<0.5 g/day benefit much more than those with TA-P between 0.5 and 1.0 g/day (HR 13.1, P<0.001). Thirty-six percent of Chinese adult patients with IgAN progress to end stage renal disease within 20 years. Five clinical features-higher proteinuria, hypertension, impaired renal function, hypoproteinemia and hyperuricemia-are independent predictors of an unfavorable renal outcome. The basic goal of anti-proteinuric therapy for Chinese patients is to lower proteinuria<1.0 g/day and the optimal goal is to lower proteinuria to <0.5 g/day.

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                Clin Exp Nephrol
                Clin. Exp. Nephrol
                Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
                Springer Japan (Tokyo )
                28 September 2015
                28 September 2015
                : 20
                : 425-432
                [ ]Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, 284-1 Yobe-cho, Ashikaga, Tochigi 326-0843 Japan
                [ ]Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
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