KIDNEY & BLOOD PRESSURE RESEARCH, vol.44, no.5, pp.961-972, 2019 (SCI-Expanded)
Background/Aims: We aimed to investigate the effects of glomerular IgM and C3 deposition on outcomes of adult patients with primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Methods: In this retrospective analysis, 86 consecutive adult patients with biopsy-proven primary FSGS were stratified into 3 groups according to their histopathological features: IgM- C3-, IgM+ C3-, and IgM+ C3+. Primary outcome was defined as at least a 50% reduction in baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) or development of kidney failure, while complete or partial remission rates were secondary outcomes. Results: Glomerular IgM deposits were found in 44 (51.1%) patients, 22 (25.5%) of which presented with accompanying C3 deposition. Patients in IgM+ C3+ group had higher level of proteinuria (5.6 g/24 h [3.77-8.5], p = 0.073), higher percentage of segmental glomerulosclerosis (20% [12.3-27.2], p = 0.001), and lower levels of eGFR (69 +/- 37.2 mL/min/1.73 m(2), p = 0.029) and serum albumin (2.71 +/- 0.85 g/dL, p = 0.045) at the time of diagnosis. Despite 86.3% of patients in IgM+ C3+ group (19/22) received immunosuppressive treatment, the primary outcome was more common in patients in the IgM+ C3+ group compared with patients in IgM+ C3- and IgM- C3- groups (11 [50%] vs. 2 [9%] and 11 [26.1%] respectively [p = 0.010]). Complete or partial remission rates were lower in patients in the IgM+ C3+ group (5/22, 22.7%), as well (p = 0.043). Multivariate Cox regression analysis revealed that IgM and C3 co-deposition was an independent risk factor associated with primary outcome (hazard ratio 3.355, 95% CI 1.349-8.344, p = 0.009). Conclusions: Glomerular IgM and C3 co-deposition is a predictor of unfavorable renal outcomes in adult patients with primary FSGS.