2014 Volume 53 Issue 13 Pages 1435-1440
Kimura's disease is a granulomatous disease of unknown origin that develops in the dermis, subcutaneous tissue and lymph nodes. Kimura's disease is frequently complicated by nephropathy, particularly membranous nephropathy (MN). It has recently been suggested that glomerular immunoglobulin (IgG)4 deposition may play a role in the pathogenesis of idiopathic MN. These IgG4 antibodies are thought to react with antigens, primarily the phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) expressed on the podocyte cell membrane. We herein report a case of Kimura's disease with MN in which a renal biopsy specimen revealed positive staining for anti-IgG4 and anti-PLA2R antibodies.