Mediastinal-Renal Syndrome: A Rare Manifestation of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Beri A Okuezue 1, Syed Shamim Haqqie 1, Llewellyn A Foulke 1, Mark Napier 1, Tushar Vachharajani 3, Roy O Mathew 1, Kenneth Phelps 1, Donna Merrill 1, Ali Nayer 2, Arif Asif 1, *
1 Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA
2 Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
3 Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salisbury, NC, USA

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Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is a distinct systemic disorder of obscure etiology characterized by necrotizing granulomatous inflammation and pauci-immune small-vessel vasculitis. Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) appear to play an important role in the pathogenesis of GPA. Herein, we report a rare case of GPA presenting with ANCA-associated pauci-immune necrotizing and crescentic glomerulonephritis accompanied by a mediastinal mass and mediastinal lymphadenopathy in the absence of pulmonary parenchymal involvement. Furthermore, we describe the effects of plasmapheresis and concomitant immunosuppression on renal and mediastinal disease.

Keywords: Granulomatosis with polyangiitis, Wegener's granulomatosis, mediastinal mass, mediastinal lymphadenopathy, rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis, ANCA vasculitis, anti-proteinase 3 antibodies..