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      Glomerular diseases in the Military Hospital of Morocco: Review of a single centre renal biopsy database on adults

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          Epidemiological studies provide useful information for clinical practice and investigations. This report aimed to determine glomerular diseases frequencies in a region of Morocco. All native renal biopsies (January 2000 to December 2007) on adults were reviewed, but only glomerular diseases were analyzed. The diagnosis of each case was based on histological, immunopathological and clinical features. We have performed 171 renal biopsies in 161 patients (101 males and 60 females), the mean age was (range) 40.4 ±15 years (16–72). Clinical indications that lead to renal biopsy were: nephrotic syndrome (60.3%), renal failure of unknown aetiology (31.6%), asymptomatic urinary abnormalities (6.2%) and nephritic syndrome(1.9%). Primary glomerular diseases were reported in 84 patients (52%). The most common histological lesion was minimal change disease (26%). Idiopathic membranous glomerulopathy was the second most common lesion (23%) followed by membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (17%), IgA nephropathy (12%), focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (9.4%) and crescentic glomerulonephritis (6%). Secondary glomerular diseases were reported in 53 patients (33%). Lupus nephritis was the secondary glomerular disease most frequent (45%) followed by amyloïdosis (19%), diabetic nephropathy (15%), and Good pasture's syndrome (7.6%). The most common complications of the procedure were pain at biopsy site in 4%, gross hematuria in 11.1%, perirenal hematoma in 5% and hematuria requiring nephrectomy in 0.6% patients. Minimal change disease was the most frequent primary glomerulopathy and lupus nephritis was the most frequent secondary glomerulopathy in our group. The reasons for these findings are unclear. This information is an important contribution to the understanding the prevalence of renal diseases in North Africa.

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          Data compiled during the 1970s and early 1980s indicated that during these periods, membranous nephropathy was the most common cause of unexplained nephrotic syndrome in adults, followed in order of frequency by minimal-change nephropathy and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). However, we and others recently reported an increase in the incidence of FSGS over the past two decades, and the number of cases of FSGS diagnosed by renal biopsies in these centers now exceeds the number of cases of membranous nephropathy. Nonetheless, as a substantial fraction of patients with FSGS do not have the nephrotic syndrome, it remained unclear as to what extent the relative frequencies of FSGS and other glomerulopathies as causes of the nephrotic syndrome have changed over this time. To address this concern, we reviewed data from 1,000 adult native kidney biopsies performed between January 1976 and April 1979 and from 1,000 biopsies performed between January 1995 and January 1997, identified all cases with a full-blown nephrotic syndrome of unknown etiology at the time of biopsy, and compared the relative frequencies with which specific diseases were diagnosed in these latter cases between the two time intervals. The main findings of this study were that, first, during the 1976 to 1979 period, the relative frequencies of membranous (36%) and minimal-change (23%) nephropathies and of FSGS (15%) as causes of unexplained nephrotic syndrome were similar to those observed in previous studies during the 1970s and early 1980s. In contrast, from 1995 to 1997, FSGS was the most common cause of this syndrome, accounting for 35% of cases compared with 33% for membranous nephropathy. Second, during the 1995 to 1997 period, FSGS accounted for more than 50% of cases of unexplained nephrotic syndrome in black adults and for 67% of such cases in black adults younger than 45 years. Third, although the relative frequency of nephrotic syndrome due to FSGS was two to three times higher in black than in white patients during both study periods, the frequency of FSGS increased similarly among both racial groups from the earlier to the later period. Fourth, the frequency of minimal-change nephrotic syndrome decreased from the earlier to the later study period in both black and white adults. Fifth, the relative frequency of membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis as a cause of the nephrotic syndrome declined from the 1976 to 1979 period to the 1995 to 1997 period, whereas that of immunoglobulin A nephropathy appeared to increase; the latter accounted for 14% of cases of unexplained nephrotic syndrome in white adults during the latter study period. Finally, 10% of nephrotic adults older than 44 years had AL amyloid nephropathy; none of these patients had multiple myeloma or a known paraprotein at the time of renal biopsy.
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              This report describes data collected by the Italian Registry of Renal Biopsies (IRRB) (E mail, which includes 15461 renal biopsies (RB) performed over a period of 7 years (1987-1993). From 1987 to 1988, the Registry recorded only the histological diagnosis of 3686 RB, whereas beginning in 1989, additional records (sex, age, clinical symptoms and renal function) were obtained from 11,775 patients undergoing RB. This is the first report on such a large number of RB containing data from 96% of Italian renal units which routinely perform RB. In 13,835 RB performed in native kidneys, two groups of renal diseases, primary (59.9%) and secondary (25.4%) glomerulonephritis (gn), were more frequent than others. Among primary gn, the frequency of cases of IgAN, membranous gn, and focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis were 36.9, 21.7 and 10.4% respectively. Renal disease due to immune-mediated causes (51%) and dysgammaglobulinaemia (26.9%) were the most frequent among secondary gn. In the former group, the frequency of cases with lupus nephritis and vasculitis were 51.6 and 25.9% respectively. Renal amyloidosis (39.3%), essential mixed cryoglobulinaemia (30.9%), and multiple myeloma were the most frequent forms in the latter group. In 1993 the incidence of the following groups of renal disease was: primary gn (22.7 p.m.p.), secondary gn (11.1 p.m.p.) of which immune-mediated gn (5.8 p.m.p.), dysgammaglobulinaemias associated with nephritis (2.4 p.m.p.). IgAN and membranous gn, as primary gn, had an incidence of 8.4 and 4.9 p.m.p, respectively, while lupus nephritis (2.6 p.m.p.) and renal vasculitis (1.6 p.m.p.) were the most frequent forms of secondary gn. Clinical data regarding 10357 RB collected during 5 years (1989-1993), showed that the most common indications to perform RB were urinary abnormalities (30.8%) and nephrotic syndrome (27.1%), followed by recurrent episodes of macrohaematuria (8.7%) and nephritic syndrome (5.4%). Acute renal failure was present in 9.2% of patients and chronic renal insufficiency in 18.8% of cases. Membranous gn (32.9%), focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (12.3%), and minimal-change disease (12.0%) were the most frequent diagnoses in patients with nephrotic syndrome, while post-streptococcal gn (16.1%) and IgAN (14.0%) were frequent in the nephritic syndrome. IgAN was frequently found in patients with urinary abnormalities (29.8%) and recurrent episodes of macrohematuria (71.4%). Twenty per cent of the acute renal insufficiency cases were secondary to necrotizing vasculitis, while chronic renal failure was present in 16.6% of the IgAN patients. The IRRB is considering to extend its programme to include (i) paediatric section regarding RB from patients aged less than 18 years; (ii) annual review of clinical data concerning the kidney function of selected groups of patients recorded in IRRB, and (iii) the listing of IRRB records on the INTERNET, to facilitate the distribution of information throughout the scientific community.

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                Indian J Nephrol
                Indian J Nephrol
                Indian Journal of Nephrology
                Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd (India )
                Jul-Aug 2012
                : 22
                : 4
                : 257-263
                Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation, Military Hospital Mohammed V, Hay Riad, Rabat, Morocco
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                Address for correspondence: Dr. T. Aatif, Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation, Military Hospital Mohammed V, Hay Riad, Rabat, Morocco. E-mail: taoufiqaatif@
                Copyright: © Indian Journal of Nephrology

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                renal biopsy, glomerular diseases, morocco, epidemiology


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