Immunologic Research

, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp 99–107 | Cite as

Consideration concerning similarities and differences between ANCA-associated vasculitis and IgG-4-related diseases: case series and review of literature

  • Hirotoshi KawashimaEmail author
  • Atsunari Utsugi
  • Asuka Shibamiya
  • Kazuma Iida
  • Norihiro Mimura
  • Hirohumi Ohashi
  • Ryota Hase
  • Makio Kawakami
  • Takao Yanagisawa
  • Masaki Hiraguri


Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) and immunoglobulin G4-related diseases (IgG4-RD) are regarded as entirely different disease types with different etiological mechanisms. However, we experienced two cases that had clinical features of both AAV and IgG4-RD. The first case is an 81-year-old woman who showed periaortitis and retroperitoneal fibrosis and periarteritis with elevation of myeloperoxidase-anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody and IgG4 levels. The second case is a 63-year-old woman who had dura mater, ear, nose, lung, and kidney involvement with serum negative for ANCA and elevated IgG4. Renal biopsy revealed tubulointerstitial nephritis involving IgG4+ plasma cells (IgG4+/IgG+ cell ratio of ≥ 40%). On the other hand, lung biopsy showed features of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). These two cases suggested that AAV and IgG4-RD might overlap. To investigate the similarities and differences between AAV and IgG4-RD, we retrospectively analyzed 13 cases of typical GPA, a subtype of AAV, and 13 cases of typical IgG4-RD at our hospital for comparison of clinical features and found some differences that can be useful in the differential diagnosis between the two diseases. Although AAV and IgG4-RD are distinguishable based on characteristic findings in many cases, the diagnosis can be unclear in rare cases, in which clinicians should consider possible coexistence of AAV and IgG4-RD when performing further workup. Here, we discuss the similarities and differences between AAV and IgG4-RD on the basis of our results and past literature.


ANCA-associated vasculitis IgG4-related disease Similarity and difference Retroperitoneal fibrosis Granulomatosis with polyangiitis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hirotoshi Kawashima
    • 1
    Email author
  • Atsunari Utsugi
    • 1
  • Asuka Shibamiya
    • 1
  • Kazuma Iida
    • 1
  • Norihiro Mimura
    • 1
  • Hirohumi Ohashi
    • 2
  • Ryota Hase
    • 3
  • Makio Kawakami
    • 4
  • Takao Yanagisawa
    • 1
  • Masaki Hiraguri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Rheumatology and AllergyJapanese Red Cross Society Narita HospitalChibaJapan
  2. 2.Department of NephrologyJapanese Red Cross Society Narita HospitalChibaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Infectious DiseasesJapanese Red Cross Society Narita HospitalChibaJapan
  4. 4.Department of PathologyJapanese Red Cross Society Narita HospitalChibaJapan

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