Journal article

Polyarteritis nodosa and antiglomerular basement membrane disease without antineutrophil cytoplasm antibodies

GS Kirkland, J Savige, RA Sinclair, O Hennessy

American Journal of Nephrology | KARGER | Published : 1996


Antiglomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibodies have been described previously in patients with microscopic polyarteritis but not in patients with polyarteritis nodosa alone. Where anti-GBM antibodies occur in microscopic polyarteritis, antineutrophil cytoplasm antibodies (ANCA) are usually present. We describe here a patient with polyarteritis nodosa and anti-GBM antibodies in whom ANCA could not be demonstrated. A 72-year-old woman presented with abdominal pain, diarrhoea and acute renal failure. A renal biopsy showed crescentic glomerulonephritis and linear immunofluorescence of the GBM consistent with anti-GBM disease. In addition, there was evidence of large-and medium-sized vessel va..

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