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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1995;29(1): 116-118.
Crescentic Glomerulonephritis in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A case report.
Ki Ouk Min, Yeong Jin Choi, Byoung Kee Kim, Sun Moo Kim, Sang In Shim
Department of Clinical Pathology, Catholic University Medical College, Seoul, Korea.
Crescentic glomerulonephritis in rheumatoid arthritis is described recently with increasing frequency. It can occur directly as a manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis or may be a reaction to drugs such as D-penicillamine and bucillamine. We report a case of crescentic glomerulonephritis in a 46-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis for 20 years who had been treated intermittently with herb medicine or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Light microscopic examination showed severe focal segmental and global necrotizing glomerulonephritis with crescent formation in 50% of the glomeruli. Immunofluorescent study revealed scanty amount of mesangial granular deposits of IgA, IgM, C3 and fibrinogen in a diffuse pattern.
Key Words: Rheumatoid arthritis; Crescentic glomerulonephritis