IgA nephropathy

Cleve Clin J Med. 2023 May 24;90(6 suppl 1):e5-e8. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.90.e-s1.02.


Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common glomerulonephritis in the world. The etiology is unknown but a dysregulated T-cell immune response to viral, bacterial, and food antigens activating mucosal plasma cells to produce polymeric IgA has been proposed. No serological test exists to diagnosis IgAN. A definitive diagnosis requires kidney biopsy which is not always necessary. Kidney failure occurs in 20% to 40% of patients within 10 to 20 years.

MeSH terms

  • Glomerulonephritis, IGA* / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Renal Insufficiency*