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Articles by F. C Fervenza
Total Records ( 3 ) for F. C Fervenza
  S Maripuri , J. P Grande , T. G Osborn , F. C Fervenza , E. L Matteson , J. V Donadio and M. C. Hogan

Background & objectives: Renal pathology and clinical outcomes in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) who underwent kidney biopsy (KB) because of renal impairment are reported.

Design, setting, participants, & measurements: Twenty-four of 7276 patients with pSS underwent KB over 40 years. Patient cases were reviewed by a renal pathologist, nephrologist, and rheumatologist. Presentation, laboratory findings, renal pathology, initial treatment, and therapeutic response were noted.

Results: Seventeen patients (17 of 24; 71%) had acute or chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN) as the primary lesion, with chronic TIN (11 of 17; 65%) the most common presentation. Two had cryoglobulinemic GN. Two had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Twenty patients (83%) were initially treated with corticosteroids. In addition, three received rituximab during follow-up. Sixteen were followed after biopsy for more than 12 mo (median 76 mo; range 17 to 192), and 14 of 16 maintained or improved renal function through follow-up. Of the seven patients presenting in stage IV chronic kidney disease, none progressed to stage V with treatment.

Conclusions: This case series supports chronic TIN as the predominant KB finding in patients with renal involvement from pSS and illustrates diverse glomerular lesions. KB should be considered in the clinical evaluation of kidney dysfunction in pSS. Treatment with glucocorticoids or other immunosuppressive agents appears to slow progression of renal disease. Screening for renal involvement in pSS should include urinalysis, serum creatinine, and KB where indicated. KB with characteristic findings (TIN) should be considered as an additional supportive criterion to the classification criteria for pSS because it may affect management and renal outcome.

  F. C Fervenza , R. S Abraham , S. B Erickson , M. V Irazabal , A Eirin , U Specks , P. H Nachman , E. J Bergstralh , N Leung , F. G Cosio , M. C Hogan , J. J Dillon , L. J Hickson , X Li , D. C Cattran and for the Mayo Nephrology Collaborative Group

Background and objectives: It was postulated that in patients with membranous nephropathy (MN), four weekly doses of Rituximab (RTX) would result in more effective B cell depletion, a higher remission rate, and maintaining the same safety profile compared with patients treated with RTX dosed at 1 g every 2 weeks. This hypothesis was supported by previous pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis showing that RTX levels in the two-dose regimen were 50% lower compared with nonproteinuric patients, which could potentially result in undertreatment.

Design, setting, participants, & measurements: Twenty patients with MN and proteinuria >5 g/24 h received RTX (375 mg/m2 x 4), with re-treatment at 6 months regardless of proteinuria response. PK analysis was conducted simultaneously with immunological analyses of T and B cells to ascertain the effect of RTX on lymphocyte subpopulations.

Results: Baseline proteinuria of 11.9 g/24 h decreased to 4.2 and 2.0 g/24 h at 12 and 24 months, respectively, whereas creatinine clearance increased from 72.4 ml/min per 1.73 m2 at baseline to 88.4 ml/min per 1.73 m2 at 24 months. Of 18 patients who completed 24-month follow-up, 4 are in complete remission, 12 are in partial remission, 1 has a limited response, and 1 patient relapsed. Serum RTX levels were similar to those obtained with two doses of RTX.

Conclusions: Four doses of RTX resulted in more effective B cell depletion, but proteinuria reduction was similar to RTX at 1 g every 2 weeks. Baseline quantification of lymphocyte subpopulations did not predict response to RTX therapy.

  C. A Grafft , F. C Fervenza , M. H Semret , S Orloff and S. Sethi

We describe the renal biopsy findings in a 14-year-old girl with Neimann-Pick disease. The renal biopsy showed chronic changes involving all components of the parenchyma, including focal global glomerulosclerosis, tubular atrophy, interstitial fibrosis and vascular sclerosis. On light microscopy, significant findings included foamy podocytes, vacuolated tubular epithelial cells and collections of foam cells in the interstitium. Electron microscopy was confirmatory which showed myelin-like inclusions in podocytes, endothelial cells, tubular epithelial cells and small nerves. The findings are similar to Fabry's disease, except that small nerve involvement appears to be unique to Neimann Pick disease.

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