Submitted: 03 February 2020 | Approved: 20 February 2020 | Published: 26 February 2020
How to cite this article: Çelakıl M, Ekinci Z, Yıldız KD. A remote cause of anuria in a child. J Clini Nephrol. 2020; 4: 011-013.
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Keywords: Acute renal injury; Anuria; Infant; mesPGN
Acute renal injury is a rare complication of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome with mesPGN. Here we present a 2-year-old male patient with 4 days history of anuria, generalized edema and hypervolemia. Any evidence other than proteinuria and renal failure could not be identified with laboratory tests and doppler ultrasonography. Anuric presentation was thought to be related with rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, diffuse mesangial sclerosis or acute tubular necrosis. However, renal biopsy revealed mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (mesPGN). Prednisolone 2 mg/kg/day was prescribed. Diuresis was started gradually and on the 10th day of disease, anuria was resolved and acute renal injury recovered without any sequel. This case is presented because of the incompatibility between clinical findings and histopathologic diagnosis. It is concluded that although rare, anuria and acute renal injury could be the presenting symptom of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome in childhood.
Acute renal injury together with anuria is an exceptional and worrying complication of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome in childhood . Renal failure may develop rarely in the absence of glomerular inflammation and may occur either at the time of presentation. Evaluation should be performed to exclude severe intravascular volume depletion, acute tubular necrosis, bilateral renal vein thrombosis, acute pyelonephritis and acute interstitial nephritis [2-4]. Here we present a case of mesPGN which presented with anuria and renal injury. We found the case interesting because of the incompatibility between clinical findings and histopathologic diagnosis. The common symptoms associated with mesangial proliferation (mesPGN) did not occur in this patient.
A 2-year-old male patient presented with 4 days history of anuria and generalized edema. There was no medical history such as infections, dehydration, toxic substances or using drugs. The parents were not consanguineous. His weight was 20 kg (> 97p) and his height was 102 cm (> 97p). Vital signs were as follows: a blood pressure of 90/60 mmHg (90p), a pulse rate of 86/min, a respiratory rate of 22/min and a body temperature of 36.5° C. Physical examination was normal except for the generalized edema. Laboratory investigations were as follows: a white blood cell count of (WBC) 10,800 /mm3, a hemoglobin level of 10.5 gr/dl, a platelet count of 176,000 /mm3, a blood urea nitrogen level of 77 mg/dl, a serum creatinine level of 3.27 mg/dl , a serum calcium level of 8.5 mg/dl, a serum sodium level of 139 meq/L, a serum potassium level of 4.5 meq/L, a serum uric acid level of 9.5 mg/dl, a serum albumin level of 2.8 g/dl, a serum total protein level of 5 g/dl, a serum phosphorus level of 7 mg/dl, a serum cholesterol level of 137 mg/dl and a serum triglyceride level of 133 mg/dl. Blood pH was 7.41, HCO3 was 23 mEq/L, reticulocyte count was 1.4% (0.39-7.54), haptoglobin level was 189 (> 30mg/dl), serum complement C3 level was 97 mg/dl (90-180) and serum complement C4 level was 24 mgr/dl (10-40). ASO level was 29I U/ml. Estimated GFR (calculated by Schwartz formula) was 34 ml/min/1.73 m2 and urine volume was 2 cc/day. Urinalysis showed PH 6.5, density 1045, protein 4+, blood negative, microscopy 3 RBC and 4 WBC/high power field. Urine protein/creatinine ratio was 30mg/mg. Serum creatinine was increased up to 5.03 mg/dl. Renal sonogram and doppler were normal. There was no response to adequate hydration and IV furosemide. He was totally anuric and hemodialysis was performed for every other day because of severe hypervolemia. Following clinical and laboratory evaluation, any evidence other than proteinuria and renal failure could not be identified. Anuric presentation was thought to be related with acute tubular necrosis, diffuse mesangial sclerosis or rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. Therefore renal biopsy was performed on the 5th day of anuria. Renal biopsy revealed 38 glomeruli. Contradictory to clinical presentation many of the glomeruli seemed normal and normocellular at first glance with hematoxylin and eosin. Tubules, interstitial and vascular structures were also normal (Figure 1). Mesangial proliferation was more conspicuous when Periodic Acid Schift staining was performed (Figure 2). Immunofluorescence microscopy revealed mesangial deposits of IgM. The histopathologic diagnosis was mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (mesPGN).
After the histopathologic diagnosis was obtained on the 7th day, prednisolone 2 mg/kg/day was prescribed. Diuresis was started gradually and on the 10th day of disease, anuria was resolved and acute renal injury recovered without any sequel. Remission was held at the 10th day of steroid therapy.
Acute renal injury and anuria is a rare clinic presentation of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome with mesPGN in childhood. Pstrusinka, et al.  noticed acute renal ınjury in 8 of 1006 children (0.8%) with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome between ages 6 - 17.5. Significant hypoalbuminemia, infection and a severe course of the nephrotic syndrome were reported to be the risk factors for the development of acute renal injury. Bohman, et al.  showed a close relationship between the degree of foot process fusion and both GFR and filtration fraction, suggesting that fusion of foot processes could lead to a reduction of glomerular filtering area and/or of permeability to water and small solutes. This reduction is transitory, with a rapid return to normal after remission. Van de Walle, et al.  found that changes in glomerular permeability may have a major role in acute renal failure. Furthermore mesPGN is a rare form in idiopathic nephrotic syndrome. Mubarak, et al.  reported the incidence of mesPGN as 4.81% and Gulati, et al.  as 7.6% in children. MesPGN is characterized by the proliferation of mesangial cells with an increase in the mesangial matrix and deposits in the mesangial region. Males are 2.5 times more likely to be affected than females . Usually patients with mesPGN present with clinical findings of nephrotic syndrome like edema, hypoalbuminemia, proteinuria and hypercholesterolemia . The normal cholesterol level, together with the slightly decreased albumin level in our patient gave the impression that proteinuria would not be long-lasting. This patient was deemed an interesting case because of the incompatibility between clinical findings and histopathologic diagnosis. Even though he presented with anuria, the final diagnosis was idiopathic nephrotic syndrome with MesPGN. With the history of the patient and findings of renal histopathology, we decided that the severe and sudden course of mesangial proliferation was the cause of anuria in our patient. Treatment was aimed at correcting both the nephrotic syndrome and the renal injury. Corticosteroids are generally the main stay of therapy and rapid recovery is an expected result .
MesPGN is a rare form of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome in children. Anuria and acute renal injury are rare signs as well. On this occasion differential diagnosis should be performed with renal biopsy. Corticosteroid therapy should be the first choice of treatment of mesPGN with acute renal injury for clinical improvement.
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