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Monoclonal IgE with renal failure

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      Abstract

      Only four cases of immunoglobulin E (IgE) monoclonal “gammapathies”
      The term “gammapathy” is used throughout since Waldenström, who first introduced the term gammopathy, subsequently changed it to gammapathy.
      The term “gammapathy” is used throughout since Waldenström, who first introduced the term gammopathy, subsequently changed it to gammapathy.
      have been reported previously. Discussed here is a 57 year old man who presented with hypertension and the nephrotic syndrome. A monoclonal IgE-kappa component (0.6 mg/ml), which did not appear as an M spike on protein electrophoresis, was demonstrated by immunoelectrophoresis in the serum and urine. The patient's condition deteriorated rapidly due to renal failure, and he died five weeks after the diagnosis was made. Pathologic examination disclosed extensive glomerular lesions, but amyloid was not detected by light or electron microscopy. The possible relationship between the monoclonal gammapathy and kidney impairment is discussed.
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