A case of membranous nephropathy as a manifestation of graft-versus-host disease


Nephrotic syndrome (NS) rarely occurs after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a late manifestation of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Herein, we report a case of HSCT-associated membranous nephropathy in a female patient with aplastic anemia. The patient received an allogeneic HSCT from her human leukocyte antigen-identical brother following myeloablative conditioning chemotherapy. NS occurred 21 months after HSCT without any concurrent features of chronic GVHD. The patient was treated with prednisolone and cyclosporine after renal biopsy confirmed membranous nephropathy, and achieved complete remission. Our report contradicts previous assumptions that concomitant chronic GVHD is responsible for the development of NS, suggesting that NS can develop as a new, independent manifestation of GVHD.

DOI: 10.1016/j.krcp.2012.09.008

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@inproceedings{Han2013ACO, title={A case of membranous nephropathy as a manifestation of graft-versus-host disease}, author={Jae Hyun Han and Hyoung rae Kim and Gi Jeong Kim and Beom Jin Lim and Hyeon Joo Jeong and Hyung Jung Oh and Tae Hyun Yoo and Shin-Wook Kang and Kyu Hun Choi and Seung Hyeok Han}, booktitle={Kidney research and clinical practice}, year={2013} }