In our study, we collected data on 116 patients with biopsy-proven idiopathic or lupus glomerulonephritis who were treated with high doses of intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIG) (Veinoglobuline or Immunovenin-intact). In all patients a severe nephrotic syndrome (edema, proteinuria >6 g/24 h, serum albumin <22 g/24 h) had been observed. 34 patients had renal failure (serum creatinine up to 504 µmol/l) and 96 hypertension. 98 patients were previously for a long time treated with corticosteroids, immunosuppressors and anticoagulants without any effect. 18 patients had no therapy before IVIG. IVIG had been applied in a dose of 85 mg/kg/24 h 3 times every other day. Depending on the clinical improvement afterwards (in case of therapy resistance or relapse) these boli had been repeated in 84 patients after 1 month (and every 3 months for maintenance of remission) to 7 years. Proteinuria disappeared and full remission occurred in 36 patients. Partial remission was present in 48 patients. 32 patients went into end-stage renal failure and/or died (15 of them of a nonrenal cause). In 13/34 patients with impaired renal function serum creatinine levels go back to normal after treatment. Our results suggested that IVIG therapy may be recommended in patients unresponsive to aggressive conventional treatment.