Concurrent treatment with rituximab and plasma exchange for severe refractory granulomatosis with polyangiitis: A case report

Rationale: Rituximab is recommended to induce remission of severe granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Plasma exchange (PE) may be considered in the setting of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) with a serum creatinine increase of more than 5.6 mg/dl or diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH). However, there are no sufficient studies on combination therapy with rituximab and PE in GPA. Patient concerns: A 23-year-old woman was admitted with fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea on suspicion of infectious colitis. Colonoscopy showed hemorrhagic colitis and antibiotic treatment was ineffective. Physical examination revealed episcleritis and skin lesions similar to Janeway lesions or Osler nodes on her palms and soles. Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) revealed mitral valve vegetation mimicking infective endocarditis. However, no pathogen was grown in the blood culture. Ten days after admission, blood-tinged sputum and respiratory distress developed. Imaging studies of lung, bronchoscopy, and bronchoalveolar lavage indicated DAH. Moreover, serum creatinine levels rapidly increased from 0.8 mg/dl to 6.1 mg/dl with proteinuria. Diagnosis: The patient was diagnosed with GPA and non-infectious endocarditis, DAH, and RPGN, based on a biopsy which revealed pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis with granuloma and leukocytoclastic vasculitis and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies against proteinase 3- positivity. Interventions: Initial methylprednisolon...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research

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