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      Selective Vitamin B 12 Malabsorption with Proteinuria

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          Percutaneous renal biopsy was performed on 5 patients with selective vitamin B<sub>12</sub> malabsorption of whom 3 had proteinuria. Light microscopy showed slight prominence of the mesangial areas but otherwise the findings were normal. Electron microscopy showed increased mesangial matrix, thickening of the basement membrane at the mesangial areas and dark mesangial deposits. Light flocculent subendothelial material, moon craters, membranous convoluted structures, extracellular round particles and occasional intracellular microtubular inclusions were also seen in the glomeruli. The tubular basement membrane appeared thickened around a few tubules, showing membranous vesicular debris and convoluted structures. The capsular membrane also showed vesicular debris. On immunohistochemical examination the glomerular deposits contained immunoglobulins but not complement – an argument against their immunological nature. Deposits were seen only in patients who had been on inadequate treatment for years before the biopsy. Adequate treatment after correct diagnosis decreased the amount of deposits. Proteinuria did not apparently depend on the presence of glomerular deposits.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1979
          1979
          02 December 2008
          : 23
          : 6
          : 297-303
          Affiliations
          Department of Pathology, Third Department of Medicine and Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki
          Article
          181654 Nephron 1979;23:297–303
          10.1159/000181654
          384282
          © 1979 S. Karger AG, Basel

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