Koichi Kamei

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We conducted a multicenter prospective trial to evaluate the efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of a single dose of rituximab (375 mg/m2 body surface area) for the treatment of children with refractory steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). All patients (n = 12) were able to discontinue steroids at a median of 74 days after treatment. The frequency(More)
The aim of this study was to establish the efficacy and safety of rituximab in refractory nephrotic syndrome (NS). Members of the International Paediatric Nephrology Association were asked to retrospectively fill in a questionnaire with details on the use of rituximab in their centres. We divided the data into three groups: group 1, patients with(More)
Rituximab (RTX) has been successfully used as a rescue therapy in children with steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). However, little is known regarding maintenance therapy after a successful response to RTX in such patients. The efficacy and safety of a single RTX infusion (375 mg/m2) were assessed in ten patients who had persistent SDNS associated(More)
Rituximab (RTX) is a promising option for treating childhood-onset steroid-dependent (SDNS), frequently relapsing (FRNS), and steroid-resistant (SRNS) nephrotic syndrome. We retrospectively surveyed RTX treatment for these conditions to evaluate its indications, efficacy and adverse events. Questionnaires were sent to 141 hospitals in Japan. Seventy-four(More)
Hepatocyte nuclear factor 1β (HNF1β) abnormalities have been recognized to cause congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT), predominantly affecting bilateral renal malformations. To further understand the spectrum of HNF1β related phenotypes, we performed HNF1B gene mutation and deletion analyses in Japanese patients with renal(More)
Rituximab (RTX) has a significant steroid-sparing effect in children with steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). However, patients are likely to relapse with the recovery of CD20+ cells. We conducted a small prospective cohort study with a historical control to evaluate the effect of RTX infusion followed by mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) as a(More)
BACKGROUND Rituximab could be an effective treatment for childhood-onset, complicated, frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (FRNS) and steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). We investigated the efficacy and safety of rituximab in patients with high disease activity. METHODS We did a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial(More)
Calcineurin inhibitors (CIs) with/without intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy (MPT) constitute the standard treatment for childhood-onset, steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS). However, some patients fail to achieve remission. We treated SRNS patients resistant to CIs and MPT with additional rituximab combined with MPT and immunosuppressive(More)
We present the cases of two children with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) who were treated with rituximab (anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody). Both were resistant to conventional therapy, and renal biopsy showed focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Combination therapy with methylprednisolone pulse therapy and plasmapheresis was the only way to(More)
Rituximab (RTX) is known to be effective for the treatment of refractory steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). However, there are insufficient data on the risk factors for relapse and long-term outcome after RTX treatment. We administered a single dose of RTX to patients with refractory SDNS from November 2007 to December 2013 and continued with(More)