Morphology and Evaluation of Renal Fibrosis

  • Ping-Sheng ChenEmail author
  • Yi-Ping Li
  • Hai-Feng Ni
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1165)


With continuing damage, both the indigenous cells of the cortex and medulla, and inflammatory cells are involved in the formation and development of renal fibrosis. Furthermore, interactions among the glomerular, tubular, and interstitial cells contribute to the process by excessive synthesis and decreased degradation of extracellular matrix. The morphology of kidney is different from pathological stages of diseases and changes with various causes. At the end stage of the disease, the kidneys are symmetrically contracted with diffuse granules. Most glomeruli show diffuse fibrosis and hyaline degeneration, and intervening tubules become atrophied. Renal interstitium shows obvious hyperplasia of fibrous tissues with marked infiltration of lymphocytes, mononuclear cells, and plasma cells. The renal arterioles are wall thickening frequently because of hyaline degeneration. Morphologic analysis based on Masson staining of the kidney tissues has been regarded as the golden standard to evaluate the visual fibrosis. However, the present studies have found that the evaluation system has poor repeatability. Several computer-aided image analysis techniques have been used to assess interstitial fibrosis. It is possible that the evaluation of renal fibrosis is carried out by the artificial intelligence renal biopsy pathological diagnosis system in the near future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathology and PathophysiologySchool of Medicine, Southeast UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Institute of NephrologyZhong Da Hospital, School of Medicine, Southeast UniversityNanjingChina

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