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      Kidney biopsy chronicity grading in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis


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          Kidney biopsy is valuable for prognostic assessment of renal outcomes in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) with glomerulonephritis (AAV-GN) but the impact of chronic changes is not determined.


          We conducted a retrospective cohort study of myeloperoxidase (MPO)- or proteinase 3 (PR3)-ANCA-positive patients with AAV and active renal disease. We applied the Mayo Clinic Chronicity Score (MCCS) and validated and evaluated its implications on outcome prediction in AAV-GN.


          We analyzed 329 patients with kidney biopsies available to score. The extent of chronicity was graded by MCCS as minimal [102 (31.0%)], mild [106 (32.2%)], moderate [86 (26.1%)] and severe [35 (10.6%)]. The MCCS grades correlated with the degree of renal function impairment at presentation [mean estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) 48.3 versus 29.2 versus 23.7 versus 18.5 mL/min/1.73 m 2, respectively; P < 0.0001]. Higher degrees of the individual components of the MCCS (glomerulosclerosis, interstitial fibrosis, tubular atrophy and arteriosclerosis) were associated with lower median eGFR (P < 0.0001) and decreased event-free [kidney failure (KF) and death] survival (P = 0.002, P < 0.0001, P < 0.0001 and P = 0.017, respectively). Patients with lower MCCS grades recovered renal function more frequently (P < 0.0001). Increasing MCCS grades were associated with decreased renal recovery (P = 0.001), more frequent events and shorter time to KF (P < 0.0001), KF and death (P < 0.0001) and death (P = 0.042), independent of the remission induction treatment used (cyclophosphamide or rituximab). The MCCS stratified renal outcomes for each MCCS grade and can be used in clinical practice as a cutoff for KF prediction (MCCS ≥4).


          Chronic changes on kidney histology independently predict renal function, outcomes and response to treatment in AAV-GN.

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                Nephrol Dial Transplant
                Nephrol Dial Transplant
                Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
                Oxford University Press
                September 2022
                26 August 2021
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                Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science , Rochester, MN, USA
                Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science , Rochester, MN, USA
                Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science , Rochester, MN, USA
                Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Division of Anatomic Pathology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science , Rochester, MN, USA
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                Correspondence to: Sanjeev Sethi; E-mail: sethi.sanjeev@ 123456mayo.edu
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                anca,glomerulonephritis,kidney biopsy,mayo clinic chronicity score
                anca, glomerulonephritis, kidney biopsy, mayo clinic chronicity score


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