Systemic lupus erythematosus in a patient with remitting minimal change nephrotic syndrome

Clin Nephrol. 1997 Nov;48(5):327-30.


Minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS) developed in a 17-year-old female and spontaneously remitted. One month later the nephrotic syndrome relapsed. Prednisolone therapy, 60 mg/day, was started and resulted in a full remission within a week and the prednisolone dose was subsequently tapered. Seven months later, when 10 mg/day of prednisolone was being administered, she developed erythematous rash with photosensitivity and polyarthralgia without exacerbation of the nephrotic syndrome, and fulfilled four of the American College of Rheumatology criteria for classification of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Avoidance of direct sunlight ameliorated the erythematous rash and the polyarthralgia disappeared even though the prednisolone dose was decreased further. This is the first reported case of SLE developed in a patient with remitting MCNS.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biopsy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Kidney / ultrastructure
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / complications*
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / drug therapy
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / pathology
  • Nephrosis, Lipoid / complications*
  • Nephrosis, Lipoid / drug therapy
  • Nephrosis, Lipoid / pathology
  • Prednisolone / therapeutic use
  • Recurrence
  • Remission, Spontaneous


  • Prednisolone