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  • Damodar A, Mustafa R, Bhatnagar J, Panesar M, Gundroo A, Zachariah M, Blessios G, Tornatore K, Weber‐Shrikant E, Venuto R. Use of anti‐CD20 antibody in the treatment of post‐transplant glomerulonephritis.
Clin Transplant 2011: 25: 375–379. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.Abstract:  Post‐transplant glomerulonephritis (PTGN) accounts for 4–10% of late graft loss. Six consecutive patients who developed PTGN 3–72 months post‐transplant presented to our center with deteriorating kidney function and proteinuria. Three had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis; one had membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis Type 1; one recurrent membranous nephropathy; and one recurrent immunoglobin A nephropathy. All six were treated with an aggressive immunosuppression regimen including rituximab, pulse steriods and/or maximization of mycophenolic acid and calcineurin inhibitor therapy. Four of the six patients received plasma exchange. The patients were followed for a minimum of nine months after treatment. Proteinuria decreased from 7.2 ± 4.4 to 1.4 ± 1.5 g (p = 0.04), while mean estimated glomerular filtration rate was 31.2 ± 13.1 and 42.5 ± 21.7 mL/min (p = 0.07) at nine months. No adverse events were noted. These observations suggest that immune modulating therapy may be of benefit in the treatment of PTGN.


  • Damodar, Amar
  • Mustafa, Reem Adel
  • Bhatnagar, Jyotsna
  • Panesar, Mandip
  • Gundroo, Aijaz
  • Zachariah, Mareena
  • Blessios, George
  • Tornatore, Kathleen
  • Weber‐Shrikant, Edit
  • Venuto, Rocco

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  • May 2011

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