A distinct, hitherto unknown renal histopathological appearance, consisting of diffuse thickening of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) with fine intramembranous electron-dense deposits, was observed in the renal biopsies from three patients with collagen diseases. In each case, proteinuria was mild with normal urinary sediment. On light microscopy there were no particular abnormalities but a mild thickening of the glomerular capillary wall. Immunofluorescence studies revealed faint linear or extremely fine granular IgG deposition along the capillary wall. On electron microscopy, the GBM was diffusely thickened with fine intramembranous electron-dense deposits without spike formation. No other deposits were seen in the glomerulus. These histological features resembled those of membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN), although the possibility of the early change of MGN is excluded by specific findings in these cases. Other GBM-thickening diseases such as diabetic glomerulosclerosis were ruled out clinically and histologically. Our cases have a singular renal histopathology which differs from any of the previously established classifications of glomerular lesions. It may be a specific change associated with some type of collagen disease.
|ジャーナル||Virchows Archiv A Pathological Anatomy and Histopathology|
|出版ステータス||Published - 1992 9|
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- Pathology and Forensic Medicine