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Common Misconceptions in Renal Pathology

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Misconception #1: Renal Pathology is Too Hard The truth is that renal pathology can be more complicated than other areas of pathology because it is a clinicopathologic field and to practice it well you need to have a good grasp of certain clinical topics in nephrology. Of course, in pathology residency, you don't get any exposure to nephrology so every pathologist that tries to learn renal pathology is handicapped until they gain sufficient clinical knowledge to utilize in interpreting the patterns they see on biopsy. For our fellows, this process usually takes a few months before they gain confidence. Renal...

A Day in the Life of a Renal Pathologist

Renal Path, Renal Pathologist, Dr. Joel Murphy, Dr. Nich Cossey
8:30-10:00am: I get to work and have some coffee. For most physicians, this time of day is devoted to research, reading & writing, teaching conferences or even dropping the kids off at school. As the Physician Chief at Arkana, my mornings are usually filled with meetings. My meetings typically are with members of the physician team who have areas of responsibility they oversee or with the content team where we create all the content you see on Arkana’s Twitter/Facebook and Blog. One day a week I try to devote this time to my research projects.  10:00-11:00am: I attend our daily case conference...

Diagnose This (December 2, 2019)

Glomerular Basement Membrane, Diagnose This, Arkana Laboratories
What is your diagnosis?     ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​     ​   ​   ​ ​  ...

Diagnose This (August 26, 2019)

Sjögren Syndrome, Diagnose This, Arkana Laboratories, renal pathology
What is your diagnosis?     ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​     ​   ​   ​ ​  ...

Diagnose This (August 5, 2019)

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What is this finding in this native kidney?     ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​     ​   ​...

Diagnose This (June 24, 2019)

ANCA-mediated glomerulonephritis, arkana laboratories, renal pathology, kidney biopsy
Immunofluorescence shows C3 (2-3+), IgM (1+), kappa (trace) and lambda (trace). What is your diagnosis?       ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​...

Diagnose This (April 22, 2019)

diffuse foot process effacement, Minimal change disease, Nephrotic syndrome, Podocytopathy, Arkana Laboratories
What is this finding and what diagnoses does it imply?       ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​    ...

Diagnose This (April 8, 2019)

thrombotic microangiopathy, fibrin, arkana laboratories, renal pathology, nephropathology
What is your diagnosis?     ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​     ​   ​   ​ ​  ...

Diagnose This (April 1, 2019)

AL-type Amyloidosis, arkana laboratories, diagnose this, renal path, kidney path, nephropath, chronic kidney disease
What is your diagnosis?         ​ ​   ​   ​ ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​   ​ ​     ​   ​   ​...

Disase Week: Collagen Type III Glomerulopathy

Collagen Type III Glomerulopathy, disease week, arkana laboratories, renal pathology, nephropathology
Monday Type III collagen glomerulopathy was first described by Arakawa in 1979 in Japan. In this first report it was dubbed 'Idiopathic mesangio-degenerative glomerulopathy.' Arakawa M. Idiopathic mesangio-degenerative glomerulopathy. Jpn J Nephrol1979; 21: 914–915   Collagen type III glomerulopathy is an ultra-rare kidney disease with approximately 40 cases reported in the literature. Reports from Japan are most common but reports are widespread. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26622504 Collagen type III glomerulopathy is caused by the abnormal accumulation of type III collagen within the glomerular mesangium and capillary walls. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28532638 Collagen type III glomerulopathy is also sometimes called collagenofibrotic glomerulopathy, especially in the past. However, in recent times,...