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Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease involving primarily the lacrimal and salivary glands. However, up to 27% of patients will also have renal involvement. When clinical evidence of renal involvement is present, approximately 71% show evidence of interstitial nephritis on biopsy including 46% with chronic interstitial nephritis and 25% with acute interstitial nephritis. On renal biopsy, the inflammatory infiltrates in Sjögren’s-related interstitial nephritis (as shown here) is typically mononuclear and rich in plasma cells. Unlike the interstitial nephritis was seen with IgG4-related disease or lupus, there are no tubular basement membrane deposits present by immunofluorescence.

Chronic Interstitial Nephritis

Chronic interstitial nephritis is a diagnosis made on renal biopsy when interstitial inflammation is present in a background of fibrosis (as depicted here). The differential diagnosis is broad but consists primarily of autoimmune-related and drug-induced etiologies. As opposed to acute interstitial nephritis, which is of relatively recent onset, chronic interstitial nephritis results from a long-standing inflammatory process. The distinction between these two morphologic patterns is made based on the appearance of the background interstitium. If the inflammation is located in areas of fibrosis, as is seen in this case of CIN due to Sjögren’s syndrome, the process is designated CIN...