Alarming Presentation of a Seemingly Common Condition in a Patient with Renal Impairment


We received a 23-year-old male, working in the Army for 18 months, with advanced renal impairment, haemoptysis and hyperkalemia. An impression of the pulmonary renal syndrome was made and he was managed aggressively with haemodialysis, plasma exchange and pulsing with methyl prednisolone. His condition improved, but the renal functions did not. The vasculitic workup including Extractable Nuclear Antigen (ENA) and Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (ANCA) which were sent on admission came out to be negative. As he apparently responded to the initial management protocol, he was subjected to renal biopsy which did not reveal any vasculitis but was consistent for end-stage renal disease. Subsequently he was subjected to lung biopsy which also was not supportive for vasculitis. However, we concluded that the initial pointers for Wegener’s granulomatosis were misleading. The haemoptysis entirely subsided as the congestion improved. He was maintained on Haemodialysis three times per week schedule and discharged to the peripheral health care facility.

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M. Budruddin, M. Khalil, I. Salmi and R. Shilpa, "Alarming Presentation of a Seemingly Common Condition in a Patient with Renal Impairment," Open Journal of Nephrology, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2013, pp. 181-183. doi: 10.4236/ojneph.2013.34031.

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