Kidney nontumor
Primary glomerular diseases
Collapsing glomerulopathy

Author: Nikhil Sangle, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 15 September 2017, last major update September 2012

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PubMed Search: Collapsing glomerulopathy [title]

Cite this page: Sangle, N. Collapsing glomerulopathy. website. Accessed October 23rd, 2018.
Definition / general
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Accentuation of lobules due to widespread collapse of glomerular capillary loops with localized hyperplasia and hypertrophy of epithelial cells overlying sclerotic segment
  • Cells are vacuolated and swollen, contain abundant resorption droplets
  • Severe tubulointerstitial injury with degenerative changes, dilated tubules, tubular casts and lymphocytic infiltrate
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Collapsed glomerulus

With sickle cell disease

Various images

  • Segmental IgM and C3
Electron microscopy description
  • Wrinkling but little / no basement membrane thickening; marked podocyte hypertrophy; no electron dense deposits of tubuloreticular inclusions (compared to HIV associated nephropathy)