American Journal of Kidney Diseases

Recurrent HIV-Associated Immune Complex Glomerulonephritis With Lupus-like Features After Kidney Transplantation

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      A spectrum of kidney diseases besides classic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) exists in HIV-infected patients. Immune complex–mediated glomerulonephritis has emerged as a significant contributor to the burden of kidney disease in this population, particularly in patients of non-African descent. Lupus-like nephritis, a form of immune complex glomerulonephritis with histologic features identical to lupus nephritis in the absence of clinical or serologic markers of lupus, is well recognized as a cause of end-stage renal disease in HIV-infected patients. None of the HIV-associated kidney lesions, whether classic HIVAN or non-HIVAN, has been reported to recur in kidney transplants. We report here for the first time clinical and histologic recurrence of HIV-associated lupus-like nephritis after successful kidney transplantation, causing proteinuria, hematuria, and impaired kidney transplant function.

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