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Rituximab and kidney disease

Alexandre Karras
Cryoglobulins are immunoglobulins that undergo reversible precipitation at low temperatures. They can induce systemic vasculitis, characterized by purpuric cutaneous lesions, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, hypocomplementemia and glomerular disease. Renal pathology reveals membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, with particularly intense mesangial cell proliferation and infiltration by macrophages, associated with intracapillary thrombi. This renal disease presents as a nephritic syndrome, with heavy proteinuria, haematuria severe hypertension and rapidly progressive kidney failure that can lead to end-stage renal disease...
March 12, 2018: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Ahmed I Akl, Hussein A Sheashaa, Mona Abdel Rahim, Muhammed A El Hadedy, Ayman F Refaie
Transplant is the optimal therapy for patients with end-stage renal disease. Acute cellular rejection refractory to treatment remains a major risk factor for graft loss and poor outcomes. In this study, we describe a 39-year-old man who received a living-related kidney transplant. Two days after transplant, the patient displayed acute deterioration of graft function. Conventional anti-rejection therapy was initiated, but graft function did not improve. Biopsy revealed acute cellular rejection (grade IIA), and C4d and HLA antibodies were negative...
March 9, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Gerald B Appel, Wai L Lau
As the population worldwide ages, the epidemic of kidney disease will also increase. Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) positive rapidly progressive positive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) is the most common etiology for biopsied patients among the very elderly. Its pathological features and clinical course are well described, though there is still debate about the mechanism of injury involved in individual patients. From very ancient times, the cornerstone of treatment historically has been high-dose cyclophosphamide and a lengthy course of high-dose corticosteroids...
January 26, 2018: Blood Purification
Sevgi Kalayoglu-Besisik
Hyperviscosity syndrome (HVS) develops most commonly in Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM) and multiple myeloma (MM). Plasmapheresis is the immediate therapy and very effective at relieving symptoms by removing paraprotein. The most commonly used replacement fluid is 4%-5% human albumin in physiologic saline. FFP may be used in patients with coagulation abnormalities. Plasmapheresis should be continued until acute symptoms abate. Hyperviscosity impairs the circulation in the retina and causes hemorrhages around the small retinal vessels...
February 20, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Abhilash Koratala, Xu Zeng
Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis associated with mixed cryoglobulinemia is the most common form of kidney disease observed in relation to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody against CD20, is an effective treatment for severe and/or refractory HCV-related vasculitis and may evade the need for dialysis as in our patient.
February 2018: Clinical Case Reports
Nathan Calabro, Kammi Henriksen, Seah H Lim, Eric Kerns
We report a case of glomerular basement membrane crescentic glomerulonephritis and multicentric Castleman disease-associated interstitial nephritis in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The patient received corticosteroids, cyclophosphamide, and plasmapheresis, and within 3 weeks, there was worsening thrombocytopenia, anemia, and renal function requiring initiation of hemodialysis. He then received 8 weekly doses of rituximab, and there was steady improvement in renal function, such that he stopped dialysis within 6 weeks and has remained in disease remission at 1-year follow-up...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Nephrology
A L Herzog, C Kalogirou, C Wanner, K Lopau
INTRODUCTION: Data suggest an additional role of T cells in antibody-mediated rejections. In 2001 a protocol for AB0-incompatible kidney transplantation based on B-cell-depleting anti-CD20 antibody rituximab, antigen-specific blood group IgG immunoadsorption, intravenous immunoglobulins, and triple immunosuppression was introduced in Europe, which used induction therapy with the use of interleukin-2 receptor antibody (IL2-RA) basiliximab. We used thymoglobulin in AB0-incompatible patients as induction in the face of high immunologic risk...
January 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
Sohail Abdul Salim, Tauqeer Yousuf, Asha Patel, Tibor Fülöp, Mohit Agarwal
Hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome (HUVS) is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by multiple organ system involvement, including renal disease, with low complement levels. We report the case of a 31-year-old woman who presented with nonspecific symptoms including fatigue, diarrhea, macular rash and abdominal pain with acute renal failure leading to end-stage kidney disease. Laboratory results showed hematuria, nephrotic range proteinuria, worsening creatinine and low C1q levels. Left kidney biopsy showed proliferative glomerulonephritis with crescent formation...
February 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Maurizio Salvadori, Aris Tsalouchos
This review will encompass definition, pathogenesis, renal clinical manifestations and treatment of immunoglobulin G4-related diseases (IgG4-RDs). IgG4-RD is a recently recognized clinical entity that often involves multiple organs and is characterized by high levels of serum immunoglobulins G4, dense infiltration of IgG4+ cells and storiform fibrosis. Cellular immunity, particularly T-cell mediated immunity, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of IgG4-RDs. The most frequent renal manifestations of IgG4-RD are IgG4-related tubulointerstitial nephritis, membranous glomerulopathy and obstructive nephropathy secondary to urinary tract obstruction due to IgG4-related retroperitoneal fibrosis...
January 6, 2018: World Journal of Nephrology
Eva Schrezenmeier, David Jayne, Thomas Dörner
The unique contributions of memory B cells and plasma cells in kidney diseases remain unclear. In this review, we evaluate the clinical experience with treatments directed at B cells, such as rituximab, and at plasma cells, such as proteasome inhibition, to shed light on the role of these two B lineage compartments in glomerular diseases. Specifically, analysis of these targeted interventions in diseases such as ANCA-associated vasculitis, SLE, and antibody-mediated transplant rejection permits insight into the pathogenetic effect of these cells...
January 11, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Gizem Ayan, Sinem Nihal Esatoglu, Gulen Hatemi, Serdal Ugurlu, Emire Seyahi, Melike Melikoglu, Izzet Fresko, Huri Ozdogan, Sebahattin Yurdakul, Vedat Hamuryudan
Rituximab (RTX) is becoming a standard treatment for patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) but heterogeneity exists regarding its use. We present our uncontrolled experience with RTX in patients with refractory AAV and also the results of a systematic review of non-randomized studies on RTX in AAV patients. We retrospectively reviewed the records of AAV patients treated with RTX following an inadequate response to immunosuppressives between 2011 and 2015. The systematic review covered all English articles listed in PubMed until June 2017...
January 10, 2018: Rheumatology International
José Ignacio Herrero, Carlos Panizo
We have read the article "Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease in liver transplant recipients" with great interest. This article reports a series of liver transplant recipients with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD). The effect on patient survival and the potential benefit of rituximab-based therapy are highlighted. Rituximab is a chimeric antibody against the CD20 surface marker. This marker is found in most PTLD of a B cell origin. A recent study from our center also highlighted the role of rituximab in PTLD therapy (3)...
January 9, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
E Schrezenmeier, K Budde, O Staeck, L Lehner, M Duerr, D Khadzhynov, T Dörner, F Halleck
BACKGROUND: Rituximab is frequently used in solid organ transplantation off-label, especially in patients with renal allografts. Few data are available on the safety aspects of solid organ transplant recipients receiving rituximab. There is a knowledge gap on long-term follow-up data, in particular on infectious complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective observational registry study (German Registry on Autoimmune Diseases) comprising a total of 681 patients was conducted...
December 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
Alireza Mirzaei, Yousef Ataeipoor, Mojgan Asgari, Mozhdeh Zabihiyeganeh
Presentation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with renal complications is very rare without articular symptoms. We here report a case of a 23-year-old woman, presenting with the edema of the extremities, no relevant previous medical history, and the features of acute tubular injury in her percutaneous kidney biopsy. Following the incidental notification of a positive rheumatoid factor test, other immunologic tests including anticyclic citrullinated peptide and antimutated citrullinated vimentin were performed, the positive results of which favored the diagnosis of RA...
November 2017: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
Sami Alasfar, Dany Matar, Robert A Montgomery, Niraj Desai, Bonnie Lonze, Vikas Vujjini, Michelle M Estrella, John Manllo Dieck, Gebran Khneizer, Sanja Sever, Jochen Reiser, Nada Alachkar
BACKGROUND: Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a common cause of end-stage renal disease with a high rate of recurrence after kidney transplantation. Several factors, such as white race, rapid progression, and previous allograft failure due to recurrence, were found to be risks of recurrence. Data are limited on the benefits of rituximab and/or therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) in preventing recurrence. In this study, we sought to assess the efficacy of rituximab and TPE for the prevention and treatment of recurrent FSGS after kidney transplantation...
March 2018: Transplantation
Xin Wang, Zhao Cui, Yi-Miao Zhang, Zhen Qu, Fang Wang, Li-Qiang Meng, Xu-Yang Cheng, Gang Liu, Fu-de Zhou, Ming-Hui Zhao
Background: Rituximab had been shown to be effective in inducing remission of nephrotic syndrome in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN). This study applied rituximab therapy for 36 non-responsive iMN patients to investigate its effects and safety. Methods: Thirty-six iMN patients who were non-responsive to prior immunosuppression were enrolled. Rituximab was used for B-cell depletion in patients, with a goal of <5 B cells/mm3 in the circulation...
November 14, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
A Couderc, E Bérard, V Guigonis, I Vrillon, J Hogan, V Audard, V Baudouin, C Dossier, O Boyer
Primary nephrotic syndrome (NS) is the most common glomerular disease in children. It is characterized by massive proteinuria and hypoalbuminemia. It typically has a sudden onset and more than 70% of patients will experience at least one relapse. An immunological origin has long been postulated, although the precise molecular mechanisms underlying the disease remain debated. Steroids are the first-line therapy with cumulative dose and duration of initial treatment varying among countries. Steroid-sparing agents may be indicated in case of steroid-dependency or frequent relapses...
December 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Nelson Leung, Maria E Drosou, Samih H Nasr
Dysproteinemia is characterized by the overproduction of an Ig by clonal expansion of cells from the B cell lineage. The resultant monoclonal protein can be composed of the entire Ig or its components. Monoclonal proteins are increasingly recognized as a contributor to kidney disease. They can cause injury in all areas of the kidney, including the glomerular, tubular, and vascular compartments. In the glomerulus, the major mechanism of injury is deposition. Examples of this include Ig amyloidosis, monoclonal Ig deposition disease, immunotactoid glomerulopathy, and cryoglobulinemic GN specifically from types 1 and 2 cryoglobulins...
January 6, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Liz Lightstone, Andrea Doria, Hannah Wilson, Frank L Ward, Maddalena Larosa, Joanne M Bargman
The outcome of lupus nephritis (LN) has changed since the introduction of glucocorticoids (GCs), which dramatically reduced the mortality related to one of the most severe complications of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Since the 1950's, other immunosuppressants, including biologic drugs (i.e. rituximab) have aided in maintaining remission, preserving kidney function, but not preventing treatment-related toxicity. GCs still remain the cornerstone in the treatment of SLE, including LN, and they are widely used in clinical practice...
January 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Céline Louis, Sandrine Vijgen, Kaveh Samii, Yves Chalandon, Louis Terriou, David Launay, David C Fajgenbaum, Jörg D Seebach, Yannick D Muller
BACKGROUND: TAFRO syndrome has been reported in Japan among human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)-negative/idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease (iMCD) patients. To date, the majority of iMCD patients with TAFRO syndrome originate from Japan. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we report a 67-year-old HIV/HHV-8-negative Caucasian iMCD patient diagnosed with TAFRO. He presented with marked systemic inflammation, bicytopenia, terminal renal insufficiency, diffuse lymphadenopathies, and anasarca...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
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