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recurrent FSGS in kidney transplant

Heiko Schenk, Janina Müller-Deile, Roland Schmitt, Jan Hinrich Bräsen, Hermann Haller, Mario Schiffer
Treatment of primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and its recurrence after kidney transplantation associated with rapid deterioration of kidney function remains to be challenging despite advances in immunosuppressive therapy. The presence of circulating factors has been postulated to be a pivotal player in the pathogenesis of FSGS, although suPAR and CLCF-1 have been identified as the most promising causative factors. The potential therapeutic effect of suPAR elimination in an FSGS patient using CytoSorb, a hemoadsorption device that gained attention in the cytokine elimination in septic patients, was studied...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
Oliver E Ross, Dean A Kujubu, John J Sim
The renal condition referred to as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) presents a diagnostic dilemma for the clinician. It encompasses and displays a nonspecific histologic appearance on a kidney biopsy specimen, rather than a unique disease entity. This characteristic of FSGS often makes treatment decisions and prognostication difficult. A 34-year-old man, who was born with ambiguous genitalia, had received a diagnosis of FSGS in young adulthood and now had advanced kidney disease. He underwent genetic testing to determine whether a genetic disorder was underlying his kidney disease and to ascertain his risk of FSGS recurrence if he were to receive a kidney transplant...
2017: Permanente Journal
Avi Z Rosenberg, Jeffrey B Kopp
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a leading cause of kidney disease worldwide. The presumed etiology of primary FSGS is a plasma factor with responsiveness to immunosuppressive therapy and a risk of recurrence after kidney transplant-important disease characteristics. In contrast, adaptive FSGS is associated with excessive nephron workload due to increased body size, reduced nephron capacity, or single glomerular hyperfiltration associated with certain diseases. Additional etiologies are now recognized as drivers of FSGS: high-penetrance genetic FSGS due to mutations in one of nearly 40 genes, virus-associated FSGS, and medication-associated FSGS...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Chia-Shi Wang, Rochelle Schmidt Liverman, Rouba Garro, Roshan Punnoose George, Anastacia Glumova, Alana Karp, Stephanie Jernigan, Barry Warshaw
BACKGROUND: Ofatumumab is a humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that has recently garnered interest as a potential therapeutic agent for nephrotic syndrome. We report our center's experience in administering ofatumumab to five pediatric patients with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome. METHODS: Between March 2015 and November 2016, five patients were treated with ofatumumab. One patient had post-transplant recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) which had been resistant to plasmapheresis and numerous immunosuppressive agents...
May 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Tilde Kristensen, Per Ivarsen, Johan Vestergaard Povlsen
Recurrence of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) after renal transplantation occurs in up to 20-50% of FSGS patients and is associated with inferior allograft survival. Treatment of both primary FSGS as well as recurrent FSGS after transplantation with plasma exchange and immunosuppression is often unsuccessful and remains a major challenge as the disease still leads to end-stage renal disease and decreased graft survival. Previous case reports have described patients with recurrent FSGS who were successfully treated with a B7-1 inhibitor (abatacept) inducing partial or complete remission...
January 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
Eujin Park, Yo Han Ahn, Hee Gyung Kang, Kee Hwan Yoo, Nam Hee Won, Kyoung Bun Lee, Kyung Chul Moon, Moon-Woo Seong, Tae Rin Gwon, Sung Sup Park, Hae Il Cheong
The phenotypic combination of steroid-resistant focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (SR-FSGS) and sensorineural hearing loss has been mainly reported in patients with mitochondrial cytopathies, including primary coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiency. In this report of 10 children with SR-FSGS and sensorineural hearing loss, we found 6 patients with biallelic COQ6 mutations. Median age at the onset of nephrotic syndrome was 29 (range, 15-47) months. All patients progressed to end-stage renal disease within a median of 13 (range, 1-27) months after the onset...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Anna Francis, Peter Trnka, Steven J McTaggart
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: FSGS can recur after kidney transplantation and is associated with poor graft outcomes. We aimed to assess the incidence of FSGS recurrence post-transplant and determine the effect of graft source on recurrence and graft survival in patients with biopsy-proven FSGS. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Using the Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, we assessed incidence of FSGS, the influence of donor type on the risk of FSGS recurrence, and graft loss in recipients with ESRD caused by primary FSGS using Kaplan-Meier and logistic regression analyses...
November 7, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Johannes Münch, Maik Grohmann, Tom H Lindner, Carsten Bergmann, Jan Halbritter
BACKGROUND: Patients on renal replacement therapy are often unaware of their underlying condition and hence suffer from so-called end-stage renal disease (ESRD) of unknown origin. However, an exact diagnosis is not only important for better estimating the prognosis, but also when preparing for kidney transplantation. Whilst patients with FSGS without a confirmed genetic cause have a high recurrence rate in the transplanted organ, patients with a mutation generally exhibit no recurrence and have a good prognosis...
October 12, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Abdullah Kashgary, Jessica M Sontrop, Lihua Li, Ahmed A Al-Jaishi, Zainab N Habibullah, Roaa Alsolaimani, William F Clark
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the role of plasma exchange for treating recurrent post-transplant focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) comes largely from individual cases and uncontrolled series. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the remission rate after treatment with plasma exchange, and to determine if remission varied with patient or treatment characteristics. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Science Citation Index Expanded, and the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (Science and BIOSIS) for studies of patients with post-transplant recurrent FSGS who were treated with plasma exchange after recurrence (1950-2012)...
July 29, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Ivan Guan, Pamela Singer, Rachel Frank, Nataliya Chorny, Lulette Infante, Christine B Sethna
It is well established that racial differences exist in kidney transplant outcomes; however, there are no studies which focus on the role of race in transplant outcomes specifically in children diagnosed with FSGS. Associations between race and transplant outcomes in FSGS children were evaluated using the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network database from 2000 to 2012. Recipients aged 2-21 years who received a kidney-only transplant were included. Multivariate regression models were used to evaluate transplant outcomes by race...
September 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Nina Battelino, Miha Arnol, Aljoša Kandus, Rafael Ponikvar, Gregor Novljan
Renal transplantation is the optimal renal replacement therapy (RRT) in children, but some primary diseases can recur after transplantation, and recurrence accounts for a significant proportion of graft losses, being second only to acute rejection. The risk of disease recurrence is highest among patients with idiopathic focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), presumably due to a circulating permeability factor. Less is clear about the genetic forms of FSGS, where the data regarding the frequency of recurrence are rather conflicting...
June 2016: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
Yanli Ding, Jean Francis, Jeffrey Kalish, Anita Deshpande, Karen Quillen
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a leading cause of end-stage renal disease and has a high recurrence rate after kidney transplantation, attributed to a circulating permeability factor. Plasmapheresis is the treatment of choice after recurrence to remove the circulating factor. We present a case of recurrent FSGS 6 years after transplantation. It is instructive because proteinuria did not respond to intensive plasmapheresis-combined with rituximab-until the possibility of ineffective apheresis secondary to multiple aneurysms in the arteriovenous fistula (AVF) was considered...
June 2016: Clinical Kidney Journal
Hee Gyung Kang, Il-Soo Ha, Hae Il Cheong
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a common cause of end-stage renal disease and a common pathologic diagnosis of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (NS), especially in steroid-resistant cases. FSGS is known to recur after kidney transplantation, frequently followed by graft loss. However, not all patients with FSGS suffer from recurrence after kidney transplantation, and genetic and secondary FSGS have a negligible risk of recurrence. Furthermore, many cases of recurrence achieve remission with the current management of recurrence (intensive plasmapheresis/immunosuppression, including rituximab), and other promising agents are being evaluated...
2016: BioMed Research International
Eva Königshausen, Lorenz Sellin
Primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a major cause of the nephrotic syndrome and often leads to end-stage renal disease. This review focuses on circulating permeability factors in primary FSGS that have been implicated in the pathogenesis for a long time, partly due to the potential recurrence in renal allografts within hours after transplantation. Recently, three molecules have been proposed as a potential permeability factor by different groups: the soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), cardiotrophin-like cytokine factor-1 (CLCF-1), and CD40 antibodies...
2016: BioMed Research International
Eujin Park, Yo Han Ahn, Hee Gyung Kang, Noriko Miyake, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Hae Il Cheong
BACKGROUND: NUP107 is a novel gene associated with autosomal recessive steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in children. The frequency of NUP107 mutations in children with SR-FSGS remains unknown. METHODS: Nine families with two siblings affected by childhood-onset SRNS or proteinuria were recruited. FSGS was confirmed by a kidney biopsy in at least one affected sibling in all families. Additionally, 69 sporadic pediatric cases with biopsy-proven SR-FSGS who had not responded to any treatment were included...
May 17, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Minh-Ha Tran, Cynthia Chan, Whitney Pasch, Philip Carpenter, Hirohito Ichii, Clarence Foster
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) causes glomerular lesions that can progress to end-stage renal disease. It is suspected to be caused by a circulating factor that is amenable to plasmapheresis removal and exhibits a risk for recurrence in the renal allograft. We present two patients with FSGS recurrence in their allograft kidneys diagnosed by biopsy after significant proteinuria developed in the posttransplant setting. Treatment with therapeutic plasma exchange induced long-term remission in both patients...
January 2016: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
Hannelore Sprenger-Mähr, Emanuel Zitt, Afschin Soleiman, Karl Lhotta
Recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) after renal transplantation is difficult to treat. Recently a series of four patients unresponsive to plasma exchange (PE) and rituximab, who were successfully treated with abatacept, has been reported. We present a 26-year-old Caucasian patient who suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and developed severe proteinuria eleven days after transplantation. An allograft biopsy was suggestive of recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. He did not respond to PE therapy...
2016: Case Reports in Transplantation
Cyril Garrouste, Guillaume Canaud, Mathias Büchler, Joseph Rivalan, Charlotte Colosio, Frank Martinez, Julien Aniort, Caroline Dudreuilh, Bruno Pereira, Sophie Caillard, Carole Philipponnet, Dany Anglicheau, Anne Elisabeth Heng
BACKGROUND: Rituximab has shown encouraging results for the treatment of kidney transplantation recipients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) recurrence. However, the correct, opportune, and safe use of rituximab for this indication remains to be determined. METHODS: This multicenter retrospective study reports on 19 new cases aged 35 (15-66) years who developed FSGS recurrence at 12 (1.5-27) days posttransplantation. Initial treatment consisted of plasma exchanges (PE), high doses of calcineurin inhibitors, and steroids...
March 2017: Transplantation
Maria Messina, Ester Gallo, Alberto Mella, Fabiola Pagani, Luigi Biancone
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) represents one of the most severe glomerular diseases, with frequent progression to end-stage renal disease and a high rate of recurrence in renal allografts (30%-50%). Recurrent FSGS portends a negative outcome, with the hazard ratio of graft failure being two-fold higher then that of other glomerulonephritis. Two patterns of clinical presentations are observed: Early recurrence, which is characterized by massive proteinuria within hours to days after implantation of the renal graft, and late recurrence, which occurs several months or years after the transplantation...
March 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
Marianne Delville, Emilie Baye, Antoine Durrbach, Vincent Audard, Tomek Kofman, Laura Braun, Jérôme Olagne, Clément Nguyen, Georges Deschênes, Bruno Moulin, Michel Delahousse, Gwenaëlle Kesler-Roussey, Séverine Beaudreuil, Frank Martinez, Marion Rabant, Philippe Grimbert, Morgan Gallazzini, Fabiola Terzi, Christophe Legendre, Guillaume Canaud
FSGS is a common glomerular disorder that has a high propensity for recurrence after kidney transplant. The pathophysiology of FSGS is unknown, but podocytes seem to be the target of one or several circulating factors that lead to cytoskeleton reorganization and proteinuria. Research on podocytes has identified B7-1 as an important factor in podocyte biology and a new therapeutic target in renal disease. Indeed, in four patients with recurrent FSGS after transplant, treatment with the B7-1 blocker abatacept was associated with proteinuria remission...
August 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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