Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 23, Issue 10, pp 1883–1885 | Cite as

‘Renal hypersensitivity’ to inulin and IgA nephropathy

  • Justine Bacchetta
  • Florence Villard
  • Thierry Vial
  • Laurence Dubourg
  • Raymonde Bouvier
  • Behrouz Kassaï
  • Pierre CochatEmail author
Brief Report


Hypersensitivity to inulin (polyfructan) is a rare event; two cases of food allergy and some patients presenting with allergy and hypersensitivity after inulin infusion have been reported. An 11-year-old boy suffering from severe immunoglobulin (Ig)A nephropathy (IgAN) experienced both anaphylactic reaction and concomitant relapse of his nephropathy following inulin infusion, used for measuring glomerular filtration rate (GFR) 2 years after the appearance of his initial symptoms. Pruritus, wheezing and cough were observed during a first renal function test; results of prick and intradermal tests were negative for inulin. The patient presented with pallor, asthenia and oliguria when a second inulin infusion was performed under dexchlorpheniramine, leading to the immediate cessation of the infusion. He was readmitted 2 days later because of fatigue and nausea related to acute renal failure. A drug-induced acute interstitial nephritis was first suspected. However, due to the presence of macroscopic haematuria and proteinuria, a renal biopsy was performed and showed acute proliferative relapse of IgAN. The underlying mechanism of inulin hypersensitivity is not well known. We can hypothesize that inulin had activated the innate immune system. Inulin may, thus, have been the initiating event of the renal relapse, acting like an infection, in a patient with IgA-mediated immunological dysregulation.

Key words

Hypersensitivity IgA nephropathy Inulin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justine Bacchetta
    • 1
  • Florence Villard
    • 2
  • Thierry Vial
    • 3
  • Laurence Dubourg
    • 4
  • Raymonde Bouvier
    • 5
  • Behrouz Kassaï
    • 6
  • Pierre Cochat
    • 1
    • 7
    Email author
  1. 1.Centre de Référence des Maladies Rénales RaresHospices Civils de Lyon et Université Lyon 1LyonFrance
  2. 2.Service d’Hépatogastroentérologie, nutrition et allergologieHôpital Femme mère enfantBronFrance
  3. 3.Département de Pharmacovigilance des Hospices Civils de LyonHospices Civils de Lyon et Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1LyonFrance
  4. 4.Service d’explorations fonctionnelles rénales et métaboliquesHôpital Edouard Herriot et Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1LyonFrance
  5. 5.Laboratoire Central d’Anatomie PathologiqueHôpital Femme mère enfant Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1BronFrance
  6. 6.Service de Pharmacologie Clinique et Centre d’Investigation CliniqueHospices Civils de Lyon et Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1LyonFrance
  7. 7.Service de Néphrologie et Rhumatologie PédiatriquesHôpital Femme mère enfantBronFrance

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