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IgA Nephropathy

Isolated microscopic hematuria

We have had a rush of patients with isolated hematuria in my clinic recently. The question that occupies so much precious time of the nephrologist reared it’s head……. ‘what are the indications for a renal biopsy’. Isolated persistent…

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IgA Nephropathy Treatment Poll Results

The results of last week’s poll on IgA Nephropathy are in:  90% of individuals correctly identified that the only treatment shown in randomized controlled trials to consistently benefit patients with IgA Nephropathy is ACE-inhibitors and/or ARBs.  The response…

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Fish Oil for IgA Nephropathy?

Unfortunately, other than blockade of the renin-angiotensin system via ACE-inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, there are not a lot of evidence-based treatment options for IgA Nephropathy. One other potential addition to the therapeutic regimen for IgA Nephropathy–depending on…

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The Many Faces of IgA Nephropathy

Heard a case this morning regarding an elderly white patient who presented with nephrotic syndrome and minimal hematuria. After going through the extensive differential diagnosis, focusing largely on the likely candidates (membranous nephropathy and minimal change disease), the…

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Maladie de Berger

The history of IgA Nephropathy is notable, in large part due to the many famous names of medicine which are associated with it. The disease was first described in 1801 by Heberden (of “Heberden’s nodes” fame) in a…

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Tonsillectomy for IgA Nephropathy?

IgA Nephropathy is the most common cause of glomerulonephritis globally. It is especially common in Japan, although some of this prevalence may be due to increased screening (all school children undergo a screening urinalysis as part of their…

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