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Diagnose This! (November 20, 2017)

L. Nich Cossey, MD
By L. Nich Cossey, MD

Nov 20, 2017

Cryoglobulinemic Glomerulonephritis

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The photomicrograph shows an H&E stain of a hypercellular glomerulus with a lobular architecture most compatible with membranoproliferative pattern glomerulonephritis. At 12- and 4-o’clock there are intracapillary hyaline thrombi present. While not specific, this combination of findings is most concerning for an immune complex mediated glomerulonephritis such as lupus nephritis or cryoglobulinemic glomerulonephritis. However, this patient had no history of autoimmune disease and negative ANA/dsDNA serologies. By immunofluorescence, IgG, IgM, C3, kappa and lambda positivity within the capillary walls and mesangium were noted. Upon further workup the patient was found to be hepatitis C positive. Subsequent studies were positive for serum cryoglobulins and positive rheumatoid factor with a decreased C4 level confirming the diagnosis of cryoglobulinemic glomerulonephritis.

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