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Efficacy and safety of low-dose corticosteroid with azathioprine in the treatment of elderly-onset IgA vasculitis with nephritis
  1. Hikaru Sugimoto,
  2. Yasuko Yamaguchi,
  3. Wako Yumura and
  4. Takashi Takei
  1. Department of Nephrology, Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital, Itabashi-ku, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hikaru Sugimoto; sugimoto.hikaru14{at}gmail.com

Abstract

The diagnosis of elderly-onset IgA vasculitis (IgAV) and its prognosis can be difficult to ascertain because of its rarity and the frequent presence of comorbidities. Furthermore, the treatment of elderly-onset IgAV remains controversial. We report a case of IgAV in an 87-year-old patient. Renal involvement was detected early during the IgAV follow-up. He was treated with low-dose corticosteroid and azathioprine, which led to a complete remission without any adverse effects. This suggests that precise intervention with early diagnosis and careful renal follow-up may prevent renal failure and that low-dose steroids with azathioprine can be an effective treatment for elderly-onset IgAV with nephritis.

  • nephrotic syndrome
  • geriatric medicine
  • vasculitis

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  • Contributors HS: wrote the manuscript. WY: provided the histopathological image. YY and TT: completed the literature search and found the relevant articles for the discussion.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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