Collapsing glomerulopathy has increasingly been recognised in patients with conditions other than HIV. The non-HIV form of collapsing glomerulopathy generally shows little response to standard therapies. We describe a 12-year-old girl with a pre-existing diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus presenting with renal failure. A renal biopsy gave the histological diagnosis of collapsing glomerulopathy with evidence of "full-house" immunostaining. We propose collapsing glomerulopathy in her case, as no other cause was found was secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus. The immunophenotype of her podocytes suggested a partial de-differentiation that might have been important in her partial response to immunosuppression.