High-dose intravenous immunoglobulin pulse therapy in patients with progressive immunoglobulin A nephropathy: a long-term follow-up

Rasche, F M; Keller, F; Lepper, P M; Aymanns, C; Karges, W; Sailer, L-C; Müller, L von; Czock, D (2006). High-dose intravenous immunoglobulin pulse therapy in patients with progressive immunoglobulin A nephropathy: a long-term follow-up. Clinical and experimental immunology, 146(1), pp. 47-53. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2006.03189.x

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In progressive immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN), intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) treatment has been used to delay disease progression, but the long-term efficacy is largely unknown. We report the clinical outcomes after IVIg therapy in six male patients with progressive IgAN [median glomerular filtration rate (GFR) 31 ml/min per 1.73 m(2)] followed for a median observation period of 8 years. In this single-arm, non-randomized study, IVIg was given monthly at a dose of 2 g/kg body weight for 6 months. The course of renal function was assessed by linear regression analysis of GFR and proteinuria, and was compared to eight patients with IgAN (median GFR 29 ml/min per 1.73 m(2)) without IVIg as a contemporaneous control group. IgAN disease progression was delayed after IVIg therapy on average for 3 years. The mean loss of renal function decreased from -1.05 ml/min per month to -0.15 ml/min per month (P = 0.024) and proteinuria decreased from 2.4 g/l to 1.0 g/l (P = 0.015). The primary end-point (GFR < 10 ml/min or relapse) occurred 5.2 years (median; range 0.4-8.8) after the first IVIg pulse, and after 1.3 years (median; range 0.8-2.4) in the control group (P = 0.043). In Kaplan-Meier analysis, the median renal survival time with IVIg was prolonged by 3.5 years (IVIg 4.7 years versus control 1.2 years; P = 0.006). IVIg pulse therapy may be considered as a treatment option to reduce the loss of renal function and improve proteinuria in patients with progressive IgAN.

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