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Fibrillary glomerulonephritis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus with no evidence of lupus nephritis


Fibrillary glomerulonephritis (FGN) is a rare proliferative form of glomerular disease characterised by randomly oriented fibrillary deposits with a mean diameter of 20 nm. It has a rare association with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We report the case of a female in her mid-50's with a 20 year history of SLE, who developed proteinuria due to FGN and had no histological evidence of lupus nephritis. She was maintained on azathioprine and prednisolone. A renal biopsy revealed randomly arranged fibrillary deposits that positively stained for DNAJB9, consistent with a diagnosis of FGN. Azathioprine was switched to mycophenolate mofetil, and the patient showed significant improvement in proteinuria. This case-based review describes the diagnosis, management and clinical outcome of FGN in association with SLE in the absence of lupus nephritis.

  • Biological agents
  • Pathology
  • Renal medicine
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

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