Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 290–292

Lithium-induced nephrotic syndrome in a young pediatric patient

  • Abdullah Sakarcan
  • David B. Thomas
  • Kevin P. O’Reilly
  • Robert W. Richards
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00467-001-0809-7

Cite this article as:
Sakarcan, A., Thomas, D., O’Reilly, K. et al. Pediatr Nephrol (2002) 17: 290. doi:10.1007/s00467-001-0809-7


Lithium-induced nephrotic syndrome is a rare complication of lithium therapy and is even rarer in children. Most reported cases have been secondary to minimal change disease, which reverses within 1–4 weeks on discontinuation of lithium therapy. However, focal glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) has occasionally been reported and is not always reversible with discontinuation of lithium. We report an 11-year-old child with lithium-induced FSGS nephrotic syndrome who went into full remission after lithium was discontinued.

Keywords LithiumFocal segmental glomerulosclerosisNephrotic syndrome

Copyright information

© IPNA - International Pediatric Nephrology Association New York, USA 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdullah Sakarcan
    • 1
  • David B. Thomas
    • 3
  • Kevin P. O’Reilly
    • 4
  • Robert W. Richards
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina, USAUSA
  2. 2.8 Medical Park, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Columbia, SC 29203, USA e-mail: Tel.: +1-803-4342394, Fax: +1-803-4343855USA
  3. 3.Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina Hospitals, North Carolina, USAUSA
  4. 4.Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University of North Carolina Hospitals, North Carolina, USAUSA
  5. 5.Greenville Psychiatry, Greenville, South Carolina, USAUSA