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Wegener's granulomatosis presenting as acute suppurative interstitial nephritis


A 78 year old man presented with acute renal failure following a prolonged respiratory illness. A renal biopsy demonstrated severe suppurative interstitial nephritis with normal glomeruli. After nine weeks of antibiotics he remained anuric and a second biopsy demonstrated pauci-immune, necrotising glomerulonephritis. His subsequent clinical course was consistent with a diagnosis of Wegener's granulomatosis and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) were detected. This is the first reported case of Wegener's granulomatosis presenting with an isolated tubulointerstitial lesion.

  • antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody
  • pyelonephritis
  • Wegener's granulomatosis

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