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Diffuse Proliferative Glomerulonephritis Follow-up

  • Author: Moro O Salifu, MD, MPH, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FACP, FASN  more...
Updated: Apr 28, 2015

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Renal function should be monitored closely.
  • Hypertension should be treated aggressively.
  • Patients should be monitored closely for steroid-induced diabetes and opportunistic infections.

Further Inpatient Care

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  • Patients should be monitored closely for steroid-induced diabetes, electrolyte abnormalities, abnormal gas exchange, and opportunistic infections.


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  • No clear risk factors are associated with development of DPGN; thus, no known preventive methods can be advocated.


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  • End-stage renal disease
  • Complications of steroid or cytotoxic therapy are discussed under Medication. The commonly encountered complications include diabetes, opportunistic infections, and infertility.
  • Complications of the specific diseases are discussed in other articles.


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  • Evidence of glomerulosclerosis, fibrous crescents, tubular atrophy, and, particularly, interstitial fibrosis using light microscopy indicates advanced disease and a poor prognosis.
  • Being a male is a higher risk factor for a poor prognosis.[2] Other risk factors associated with a poor prognosis include heavy proteinuria, hypertension, interstitial fibrosis, oliguria, and azotemia at presentation.
  • Renal survival is best with IgA and worse with anti-GBM disease. In some series, the rate of progression to ESRD in class IV lupus was 50% during a 2-year follow-up.[15]
  • Overall, about 50% of patients with DPGN require dialysis within 6-12 months after presentation.

Patient Education

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  • Educate patients on the disease process, renal prognosis, complications of therapy, and importance of adhering to the treatment plan. The importance of keeping appointments must be emphasized.
  • For those with advanced renal failure, options for renal replacement therapy (ie, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation) should be fully discussed.
  • For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Blood in the Urine.
  • For further information, see Mayo Clinic - Kidney Transplant.
Contributor Information and Disclosures

Moro O Salifu, MD, MPH, FACP Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Chief, Division of Nephrology, Director of Nephrology Fellowship Program and Transplant Nephrology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

Moro O Salifu, MD, MPH, FACP is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology, American Medical Association, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation

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Barbara G Delano, MD, MPH, FACP Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, State University of New York Downstate

Barbara G Delano, MD, MPH, FACP is a member of the following medical societies: American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, Sigma Xi

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Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Ajay K Singh, MB, MRCP, MBA Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director of Dialysis, Renal Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Director, Brigham/Falkner Dialysis Unit, Faulkner Hospital

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Chief Editor

Vecihi Batuman, MD, FACP, FASN Huberwald Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology-Hypertension, Tulane University School of Medicine; Chief, Renal Section, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

Vecihi Batuman, MD, FACP, FASN is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Physicians, American Society of Hypertension, American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology

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Additional Contributors

James H Sondheimer, MD, FACP, FASN Associate Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Medical Director of Hemodialysis, Harper University Hospital at Detroit Medical Center; Medical Director, DaVita Greenview Dialysis (Southfield)

James H Sondheimer, MD, FACP, FASN is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Physicians, American Society of Nephrology

Disclosure: Receive dialysis unit medical director fee (as independ ent contractor) for: DaVita .

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Light microscopy (trichrome stain) shows globally increased cellularity, numerous polymorphonuclear cells, cellular crescent (at left of photomicrograph) and fibrinoid necrosis (brick red staining at right of photomicrograph). These findings are characteristic of diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis.
Diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis (DPGN). Immunofluorescent microscopy shows (except for anti–glomerular basement membrane [GBM] disease) a granular deposition of immunoglobulins, complement, and fibrin along the GBM, tubular basement membranes, and peritubular capillaries (image 2a). Linear deposition occurs in the GBM in anti-GBM disease (image 2b).
Diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis (DPGN). Using electron microscopy, electron-dense deposits are visible in the mesangial, subendothelial, intramembranous, and subepithelial locations.
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