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Effects of Cyclophosphamide Pulse Therapy on the Clinical and Histopathological Findings, Particularly Crescent Formation, in a Patient with Adult-onset Steroid-refractory Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Nephritis

, : Effects of Cyclophosphamide Pulse Therapy on the Clinical and Histopathological Findings, Particularly Crescent Formation, in a Patient with Adult-onset Steroid-refractory Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Nephritis. Internal Medicine 54(17): 2207-2211

A 29-year-old woman was diagnosed with Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN) based on the presence of purpura and histopathological findings showing crescent formation, mesangial proliferation and IgA deposition in the glomerular mesangium. She was treated with high-dose steroids; however, the nephritic syndrome persisted. Therefore, we diagnosed her with steroid-resistant HSPN and decided to add treatment with cyclosphamide pulse therapy. After one year of treatment, the histopathological findings, including crescent formation and IgA deposition, improved, as confirmed on a renal biopsy, and the patient fulfilled the criteria for complete remission. Cyclophosphamide pulse therapy may be considered an effective treatment for intractable HSPN.


PMID: 26328648

DOI: 10.2169/internalmedicine.54.4330

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