Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis in Pregnancy

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Abstract

Background:

Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is an uncommon form of glomerulonephritis and it can be particularly difficult to predict outcomes and manage women with this disorder during pregnancy.

Materials and Methods:

The management of 3 successful pregnancies in women with MPGN from 1 center and previously described cases from the world literature are reviewed. This includes a number of large studies of pregnancy in women with underlying glomerular disease as well as small case series and individual reports. Courses of these pregnancies, maternal and fetal outcomes, and management, when described, were included in this review.

Results:

Some successful outcomes used antiplatelet therapy and plasmapheresis, but high-dose intravenous, followed by oral, corticosteroid therapy was used most frequently in patients with successful outcomes.

Conclusions:

The data provided is meant as a guide for clinicians who provide care for women with MPGN who are considering pregnancy or women who present with this disorder while pregnant.

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