Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis occurred in a woman with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had been treated with D-penicillamine for 3 months. Light microscopy study of the kidney showed severe glomerulonephritis with crescent formation in 50% of glomeruli and necrotizing vasculitis. Immunofluorescence revealed IgA and C3 granular deposits diffusely distributed along the capillary walls. The patient was treated with steroid 'pulse', antiplatelet agents and heparin and a partial recovery of renal function was observed after 2 months of anuria. This renal picture is unlike that reported in RA and a causative role for D-penicillamine is suggested.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1983|
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