Glomerular immune deposits are predictive of poor long-term outcome in patients with adult biopsy-proven minimal change disease: A cohort study in Korea

Sung Woo Lee, Mi Yeon Yu, Seon Ha Baek, Shin Young Ahn, Sejoong Kim, Ki Young Na, Dong Wan Chae, Ho Jun Chin

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Background and Objectives There has been little published information on risk factors for poor long-term outcome in adult biopsy-proven minimal change disease (MCD). Methods Data from sixty-three adult, biopsy-proven primary MCD patients treated at a tertiary university hospital between 2003 and 2013 were analyzed. Baseline clinical and pathologic factors were assessed for the associations with composite outcome of creatinine doubling, end stage renal disease, or all-cause mortality. Results During a median (interquartile) 5.0 (2.8-5.0) years, the composite outcome occurred in 11.1% (7/63) of patients. The rate of glomerular immune deposits was 23.8%(15/63). Patients with glomerular immune deposits showed a significantly lower urine protein creatinine ratio than those without deposits (P = 0.033). The rate of non-responders was significantly higher in patients with glomerular immune deposits than in those without deposits (P = 0.033). In patients with deposits, 26.7% (4/15) developed the composite outcome, while only 6.3% (3/48) developed the composite outcome among those without deposits (P = 0.049). In multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression analysis, the presence of glomerular immune deposits was the only factor associated with development of the composite outcome (hazard ratio: 2.310, 95% confidence interval: 1.031-98.579, P = 0.047). Conclusion Glomerular immune deposits were associated with increased risk of a composite outcome in adult MCD patients. The higher rate of non-responders in patients with deposits might be related to the poor outcome. Future study is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0147387
JournalPLoS One
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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