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Kidney non-tumor

Hereditary renal disease

Lipoprotein glomerulopathy

Reviewers: Nikhil Sangle, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 30 August 2012, last major update August 2012
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● Rare genetic disorder of lipid metabolism (Arch Pathol Lab Med 2010;134:279, Curr Opin Lipidol 2011;22:262)
● Various mutations; not all with mutations have glomerulopathy (Nephron Clin Pract 2010;114:c260)
● 2/3 male, often Japanese and wide age range (2 weeks to 69 years)
● Presents with heavy proteinuria, usually in adults
● 50% progress to renal failure
● Usually no systemic manifestations of hyperlipidemia


● Anti-lipidemic drugs (Clin Exp Nephrol 2010;14:619, Clin Exp Nephrol 2009;13:659); LDL-apheresis (J Med Case Rep 2009;3:9311) or immunoadsorption onto staphylococcal protein A for refractory cases (Nephrol Dial Transplant 2009;24:864)
● May recur in transplants

Micro description

● Lipoprotein thrombi containing apolipoprotein apo E, usually E2

Micro images

Lipoprotein thrombi

Dilated capillary lumina

Various lipid peroxidation-protein adducts

Electron microscopy description

● Characteristic lamellar accumulations of variably sized lipid droplets

Electron microscopy images

Lipid granules and concentrically laminated vacuoles

Glomerular capillary lumina filled with partially lamellated, finely vacuolated lipoprotein thrombi; mesangium is thickened by cell processes and increased matrix

Osmiophilic substances (arrows) are deposited in dilated subendothelial space

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Ref Updated: 6/14/12

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