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      Long-Term Outcome of IgA Nephropathy Patients with Recurrent Macroscopic Hematuria

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          Background/Aims: The long-term renal outcomes of patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) who present with recurrent macroscopic hematuria (RMH) have not been described in previous studies. Methods: Patients with biopsy-proven primary IgAN in Jinling Hospital were divided into three groups according to different patterns of macroscopic hematuria (MH): RMH, isolated MH (IMH), and those without a history of MH (NMH). Results: A total of 1,155 patients were enrolled in the study (158 in the RMH group, 256 in the IMH group, and 741 in the NMH group). At biopsy, patients with RMH were younger, had lower median proteinuria, a lower incidence of hypertension, and a higher estimated glomerular filtration rate than those in the NMH group. Pathologically, patients with RMH had a lower level of mesangial hypercellularity and segmental glomerulosclerosis as well as less tubular atrophy than those with NMH. The demographic and clinical features of patients with IMH fell between patients with RMH and those with NMH. During a median follow-up of 7.9 years, the 5-, 10- and 20-year cumulative renal survival after biopsy, as calculated by K-M methods, were 98, 91, and 91% in the RMH group, 95, 89, and 64% in the IMH group, and 95, 79, and 57% in the NMH group. The renal survival in patients with RMH was significantly better than patients with NMH or IMH. Conclusions: The long-term prognosis of patients who present with RMH is significantly better than patients with NMH or IMH.

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          Remission of proteinuria improves prognosis in IgA nephropathy.

          Proteinuria has been shown to be an adverse prognostic factor in IgA nephropathy. The benefit of achieving a partial remission of proteinuria, however, has not been well described. We studied 542 patients with biopsy-proven primary IgA nephropathy in the Toronto Glomerulonephritis Registry and found that glomerular filtration rate (GFR) declined at -0.38 +/- 0.61 ml/min per 1.73 m2/mo overall, with 30% of subjects reaching end-stage renal disease. Multivariate analysis revealed that proteinuria during follow-up was the most important predictor of the rate of GFR decline. Among the 171 patients with 3 g/d (n = 121) lost renal function 25-fold faster than those with or =3 g/d who achieved a partial remission (<1 g/d) had a similar course to patients who had < or =1 g/d throughout, and fared far better than patients who never achieved remission. These results underscore the relationship between proteinuria and prognosis in IgA nephropathy and establish the importance of remission.
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            Long-term renal survival and related risk factors in patients with IgA nephropathy: results from a cohort of 1155 cases in a Chinese adult population.

            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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              Predicting the risk for dialysis or death in IgA nephropathy.

              For the individual patient with primary IgA nephropathy (IgAN), it remains a challenge to predict long-term outcomes for patients receiving standard treatment. We studied a prospective cohort of 332 patients with biopsy-proven IgAN patients followed over an average of 13 years. We calculated an absolute renal risk (ARR) of dialysis or death by counting the number of risk factors present at diagnosis: hypertension, proteinuria ≥1 g/d, and severe pathologic lesions (global optical score, ≥8). Overall, the ARR score allowed significant risk stratification (P < 0.0001). The cumulative incidence of death or dialysis at 10 and 20 years was 2 and 4%, respectively, for ARR=0; 2 and 9% for ARR=1; 7 and 18% for ARR=2; and 29 and 64% for ARR=3, in adequately treated patients. When achieved, control of hypertension and reduction of proteinuria reduced the risk for death or dialysis. In conclusion, the absolute renal risk score, determined at diagnosis, associates with risk for dialysis or death. Copyright © 2011 by the American Society of Nephrology

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                Am J Nephrol
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                August 2014
                02 July 2014
                : 40
                : 1
                : 43-50
                National Clinical Research Center of Kidney Diseases, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing University School of Medicine, Nanjing, China
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                *Zhi-Hong Liu, National Clinical Research Center of Kidney Diseases, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing University School of Medicine, Nanjing 210002 (China), E-Mail
                364954 Am J Nephrol 2014;40:43-50
                © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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