Kidney nontumor
Fibrillary diseases
Fibrillary glomerulonephritis


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Definition / general
  • Glomerular disease defined by fibrillary material deposited in the glomerulus (J Am Soc Nephrol 2008;19:34)
  • First documented in 1977 as Congo red negative amyloid-like deposits; later separated into its own disease category (Nephron 1977;18:301)
  • Ultrastructural evaluation is critical for evaluation of the fiber length, structure and organization
Terminology
  • Synonym: fibrillary glomerulopathy
  • Unacceptable / unfavored terminology: nonamyloid fibrillary glomerulonephritis, Congo red negative amyloidosis-like glomerulopathy
ICD coding
  • ICD-10: N05.8 - unspecified nephritic syndrome with other morphologic changes
Epidemiology
  • Rare (< 1% of all renal biopsies)
  • Affects Caucasians more often than other races with a very slight female predominance
  • Presents in mid to late adulthood (mean, fifth decade) (Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2011;6:775)
Etiology
  • Unknown; some authors postulate that the disease is a result of immune complexes that become polymerized into fibrils (J Am Soc Nephrol 2008;19:34)
  • Some associations with malignancy (often carcinoma), autoimmune disease, dysproteinemia and infection (including hepatitis C virus) but many cases have no identified underlying disease (Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2011;6:775)
Clinical features
  • Virtually all patients present with proteinuria (often in the nephrotic range) and most have evidence of renal insufficiency; more than half have hematuria or hypertension
Diagnosis
Laboratory
  • Laboratory studies show renal insufficiency and normal complement levels
  • Serology is usually negative
Prognostic factors
  • Poor prognosis; nearly half of patients progress to ESRD within a few years of diagnosis
  • Older age, worse renal function at diagnosis and more severe glomerular sclerosis may be predictors of progression to end stage renal disease (Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2011;6:775)
Case reports
Treatment
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Most cases exhibit mesangial expansion with variable hypercellularity or sclerosis; there is variability in the degree of glomerular basement membrane duplication (membranoproliferative pattern)
  • Smaller subset may demonstrate endocapillary proliferation, crescentic glomerulonephritis or necrosis (Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2011;6:775)
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Mandolin S. Ziadie, M.D.

Thick glomerular basement membrane and expanded mesangium

Jones methenamine silver

Trichrome

Periodic Acid-Schiff



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Mesangial expansion
and glomerular
basement membrane
thickening

Variable glomerular findings

Negative stains
Immunofluorescence description
  • Mesangial and variable capillary wall staining for polyclonal IgG and C3 is most common; in a small number of patients, light chain restriction (usually kappa) is seen (J Am Soc Nephrol 2008;19:34)
Immunofluorescence images

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IgG

c3



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IgG

Electron microscopy description
  • Mesangial and variable capillary wall deposits of randomly organized fibrils that range from 10 - 30 nm in diameter (J Am Soc Nephrol 2008;19:34)
Electron microscopy images

Contributed by Mandolin S. Ziadie, M.D.

Glomerular basement
membrane and
mesangial
expansion

Randomly arranged fibrils



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Randomly arranged fibrils

Fibrillary deposits in mesangium

Randomly arranged fibrils

Differential diagnosis
Board review question #1
A patient presents with nephrotic range proteinuria with normal serology. Assays for cryoglobulin are negative. A kidney biopsy is performed, showing mesangial expansion by Congo red negative material that is brightly positive for IgG (polyclonal) and c3. Electron microscopy reveals randomly arranged fibrils within the glomerular mesangium and focally within the basement membrane. The fibrils measure 13 - 16 nm in diameter. What is the best diagnosis?

  1. Amyloidosis
  2. Fibrillary glomerulonephritis
  3. Fibronectin glomerulopathy
  4. Immunotactoid glomerulopathy
Board review answer #1
B. Fibrillary glomerulonephritis

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