Gluten and Kidney Disease
The nephrotic syndrome involves increased glomerular excretion of protein.
Gabordi et al reported a 6- year-old girl with gluten allergy expressed as
celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis who developed the nephrotic
syndrome. Elimination of gluten grains resolved all three major manifestations
of gluten allergy.
Sandberg et al reported on 6 patients who experienced remission of nephrotic
syndrome when milk was eliminated from their diet and exacerbation when it was
reintroduced. Six patients in a study of 17 children with steroid resistant
nephrotic syndrome responded to milk exclusion with remission of proteinuria in
3-8 days. Four of the six improved patients had other manifestations of food
allergy including recurrent bronchitis, atopic dermatitis, and gastrointestinal
Ferri et al stated that 'dietary macromolecular antigens can be involved in
the pathogenesis of IgA nephropathy (IgAN), the effect of a low-antigen-content
diet was evaluated in 21 patients with immunohistochemical findings of active
IgAN. The diet was followed for a 14-24-week period. In all cases the effects of
the treatment were evaluated by clinical and serological parameters, and in 11
patients also by repeat renal biopsy. After dietetic therapy a significant
reduction of urinary proteins was recorded. Heavy proteinuria present in 12
cases during the 6 months preceding the treatment, was markedly reduced or
disappeared in 11. (see abstract) Sato et al reported: "... that food
antigens participate strongly in the pathogenesis of some patients with IgA
McCrory et al reported: "... the occurrence of immune complex
glomerulonephritis in a patient with eosinophilic gastroenteritis and food
hypersensitivity. Renal biopsy revealed immune complex glomerulonephritis with
bovine serum albumin (BSA), immunoglobulins M and G and complement deposited
focally in the glomerular basement membrane. With strict dietary limitation of
identified causative antigens and prednisone therapy, CIC levels decreased to
16,000 micrograms/dl and serum BSA antibody hemagglutinating titer fell 32-fold
over a period of 15 months. There was prompt symptomatic relief and amelioration
of signs of nephritis. Recognition of food antigens to which the patient was
hypersensitive provided a rationale for the relief of the gastrointestinal
disturbance, growth stunting, and renal disease.
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