Long-term plasmapheresis and protein A column treatment of recurrent FSGS

A. Belson, P. D. Yorgin, A. Y. Al-Uzri, O. Salvatierra, J. Higgins, S. R. Alexander

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Transient or intermittent plasmapheresis with concurrent immunosuppressive therapy is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in the early post-transplant period. The results of long-term (6-year) plasmapheresis therapy, in a 9-year-old female with an immediate recurrence of FSGS [urinary protein/urinary creatinine (UP/UC)=17.7] after cadaveric renal transplant, are presented. A 4-week plasmapheresis course induced a decline in the proteinuria, but a relapse occurred after cessation of plasmapheresis. Addition of protein A column therapy led to a further decrease in the proteinuria, to a non-nephrotic range. Long-term control of the nephrotic syndrome was established using a chronic treatment regimen consisting of a single-volume plasmapheresis, followed by a protein A column treatment, performed on sequential days every 3-4 weeks. Mean UP/UC values decreased to 1.15±0.9. A course of cyclophosphamide was successfully used to control a worsening of proteinuria 4 years post transplant. Although sequential renal biopsies demonstrated progressive glomerular sclerosis, the patient's mean calculated creatinine clearance only modestly declined from 78.3 ml/min per 1.73 m2, at the time of transplantation, to 62.7 ml/min per 1.73 m2, 6 years later. This patient demonstrated dependence on plasmapheresis/protein A column therapy to maintain a clinical remission of her FSGS recurrence. While long-term plasmapheresis and protein A column therapy in combination with immunosuppressive therapy reversed the effects of uncontrolled nephrosis and possibly facilitated long-term renal allograft survival, the glomerular sclerosis continued to progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-989
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001


  • Acute tubulointerstitial rejection
  • Creatinine clearance
  • Proteinuria
  • Renal biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Nephrology

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    Belson, A., Yorgin, P. D., Al-Uzri, A. Y., Salvatierra, O., Higgins, J., & Alexander, S. R. (2001). Long-term plasmapheresis and protein A column treatment of recurrent FSGS. Pediatric Nephrology, 16(12), 985-989. https://doi.org/10.1007/s004670100008