Secondary renal amyloidosis associated with asbestos-related pleuropulmonary diseases


Here, we present a 67-year-old Japanese man who developed insidious-onset nephrotic syndrome. He had a history of occupational asbestos exposure for about 8 years during his 30s, and was found to have pleural effusion 3 years before his present illness. At that time, repeated cytology testing of his pleural effusion found no malignant cells, and pleural biopsy found fibrous pleuritis without evidence of malignant mesothelioma. Percutaneous kidney biopsy found massive deposits of AA-type amyloid in the glomeruli, small arteries, and medulla. Computed tomography showed a calcified mass in the right lower lung that was positive for 67Ga uptake, but transbronchial lung biopsy and bronchoalveolar lavage found no evidence of malignancy. He was diagnosed with rounded atelectasis and diffuse pleural thickening. As these benign asbestos-related diseases have no standard treatment, we administered low-dose angiotensin II receptor blocker to preserve kidney function. Unfortunately, his nephrotic syndrome persists, with progressive chronic kidney failure. Kidney involvement in patients with asbestos-related disease is rare. To our knowledge, this is the first case to present with secondary amyloidosis. Kidney biopsy should be considered for patients with existing asbestos-related pleuropulmonary diseases who have urinary abnormalities or renal dysfunction, to clarify the incidence and pathophysiology of renal manifestations.

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Shibata, R., Ozaki, T., Tada, K. et al. Secondary renal amyloidosis associated with asbestos-related pleuropulmonary diseases. CEN Case Rep (2020).

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  • AA amyloid
  • Kidney biopsy
  • Latent period
  • Malignant mesothelioma
  • Nephrotic syndrome