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Tonsillectomy and steroid pulse therapy for recurrent IgA nephropathy in renal allograft

T Tsuchiya, S Ito, Y Yamaguchi, Y Moriyama, H Ehara, T Deguchi
Clinical Nephrology 2010, 73 (1): 68-71
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We experienced two cases of steroid pulse therapy combined with tonsillectomy for recurrent IgA nephropathy (IgAN) in a renal allograft. We defined recurrent IgAN in renal allograft as IgA deposits in glomeruli with persistent proteinuria (> 0.5 g/ day) and microscopic hematuria in renal transplant recipients with biopsy-proven IgAN of their native kidneys. We performed steroid pulse therapy following tonsillectomy as therapeutic protocol for recurrent IgAN. The first patient was diagnosed with recurrent IgAN by allograft biopsy 3 years after renal transplantation, and a second patient was diagnosed after one year. The former patient's proteinuria disappeared 4 months after treatment and the latter patient's proteinuria disappeared after one month. Tonsillectomy combined with steroid pulse therapy can induce clinical remission in patients with recurrent IgAN after renal transplantation.

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