IgA nephropathy associated with hyper IgAnemia, psoriasis or pustulosis and ossification

Clin Nephrol. 1995 Jul;44(1):64-8.


This is a report on two cases of IgA nephropathy associated with psoriasis vulgaris, having hyper IgAnemia (above 500 mg/dl) and ossification. Case 1 is a 47-year-old woman with a 7-year history of psoriasis vulgaris, and case 2 is a 57-year-old man with a 17-year history of this disease. IgA was 526 and 1,356 mg/dl, respectively. HLA analysis showed A2, A26 (10), Bw62 (15), Bw46, Cw3, DRw12 (5), and DRw8 in the former, and A2, A11, B13, Bw46, Cw11, DR4, and DRw8 in the latter. Renal biopsy specimens disclosed mild mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis and moderate mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis with predominant IgA deposition in mesangial area, respectively. A bone-scintigraphy revealed a high uptake of radioisotopes in the left shoulder, the vertebra, the sacroiliac joint, both sides of the knees and ankles, and the sterno-cost-clavicular area. An X-ray study showed ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) in the former, and ankylosing spinal hyperostosis (ASH) in the latter. A review of the literature discloses three other case reports of hyper IgAnemia, IgA nephropathy, psoriasis or pustulosis, and ossification. The alertness of dermatologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and general practitioners will be required to attain to a more frequent diagnosis of the above combination.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Glomerulonephritis, IGA / complications*
  • Glomerulonephritis, IGA / immunology
  • Glomerulonephritis, IGA / pathology
  • HLA Antigens / analysis
  • Humans
  • Hyperostosis / complications*
  • Hyperostosis, Sternocostoclavicular / complications*
  • Immunoglobulin A / blood*
  • Kidney Glomerulus / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ossification of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament / complications*
  • Psoriasis / complications*
  • Spinal Diseases / complications*


  • HLA Antigens
  • Immunoglobulin A