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Here Comes Another Bride

There must be something in the Spring air.  A second bride-to-be on our transcription team was showered with gifts today!  Best wishes to Hillary and her groom!     

Dr. Wael Abukwaik Visit

We were thrilled to have Dr. Abukwaik visit us this week.  He is currently a PGY-3 Nephrology Fellow at Children's Hospital of Michigan.  We hope he takes some extra knowledge of kidney disease back with him!       

Here Comes the Bride

Our transcription team knows how to party, Vol. IV. Ashley is getting married this weekend and her team threw the cutest bridal shower. Best wishes to the excited couple!

Dr. Lorraine Racusen Visit

We were lucky to get to spend time with Dr. Lorraine Racusen this morning at Arkana. We may have even brought a few extra kidney transplant cases to conference to capitalize on learning from such a distinguished kidney transplant expert!    

Arkana Physician Spotlight: Dr. Bell

Dr. Bell graduated in 1981 from the University of Nebraska with a BS in Life Sciences (with Highest Distinction), and in 1985 from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed a pathology residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and was chief resident during her tenure. After residency, Dr. Bell joined UAMS as an Assistant Professor in anatomic and clinical pathology and later had appointments at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock as well as Arkansas Children’s Hospital before coming to Arkana (then Nephropath) in 2004. Dr. Bell was the first renal pathologist fellow to...

Diagnose This (March 25, 2019)

What is your diagnosis?     ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​     ​   ​   ​ ​  ...

Art of Medicine: Lupus Nephritis

The above painting shows features of a proliferative glomerulonephritis.  Endocapillary proliferation, crescent formation, and segmental sclerosis is shown.   These findings can be seen in focal or diffuse lupus nephritis, but are not specific, as they can be identified in other proliferative glomerulonephritides, such as IgA nephropathy, infection-associated glomerulonephritis, and others. Immunofluorescence studies can help in distinguishing lupus nephritis from other forms of proliferative glomerulonephritis, as there is typically a "full house" pattern with expression of all 3 immunoglobulin heavy chains (IgA, IgM, IgG), and complement (C3, C1q), as shown below. Classification of lupus nephritis is through the International Society of...

Pi Day 2019

We had our 2nd Annual Pi Day Contest! It's our most delicious competition. Congratulations to this year's winners: Savory - Aaron (bacon, andouille sausage, and gruyere quiche) Sweet - Tie between Angela (key lime pie) and Amber (pumpkin pie)  

Twitter Poll (March 7, 2019)

ANSWER: True The presence of multiple exostoses due to mutation of the EXT1 gene has been described in a family. There are few isolated reports of extrarenal involvement in patients with type III collagen glomerulopathy, suggesting that the renal lesion may be part of systemic disease in some patients.  References: Cohen AH. Collagen Type III Glomerulopathies. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2012;19(2):101-6. Roberts IS, Gleadle JM. Familial nephropathy and multiple exostoses with exostosin-1 (EXT1) gene mutation. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2008;19:450-453