CEN Case Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 34–38 | Cite as

A case of acute kidney injury caused by granulomatous interstitial nephritis associated with sarcoidosis

  • Taro Horino
  • Tatsuki Matsumoto
  • Kosuke Inoue
  • Osamu Ichii
  • Yoshio Terada
Case Report


Sarcoidosis affects multiple organs including lung, heart and kidney. Sarcoidosis causes hypercalcemia, hypergammaglobulinemia, and rarely, granulomatous interstitial nephritis, resulting in renal stromal damage. Granulomatous interstitial nephritis is characterized as interstitial nephritis with noncaseating epithelioid granulomas. Diagnosing granulomatous interstitial nephritis before patient’s death is challenging; hence, only few cases proven by renal biopsy have been reported till date. We present a case of acute kidney injury caused by granulomatous interstitial nephritis as a renal manifestation of sarcoidosis proven by renal biopsy, which can be confirmed by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography. Glucocorticoid therapy was helpful for improving and maintaining her renal function over a 6-year period.


Acute kidney injury Granulomatous interstitial nephritis 18F-FDG-PET/CT Sarcoidosis 


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We have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Supplementary material

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Pathohistological findings of renal biopsy. The renal biopsy specimen showing interstitial nephritis with noncaseating epithelioid granuloma, which is consistent with granulomatous interstitial nephritis. No other remarkable glomerular lesions were noted. (A: periodic acid-Schiff, × 100) (PPT 2553 KB)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and NephrologyKochi Medical SchoolKochiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical Sciences, Laboratory of Anatomy, Graduate School of Veterinary MedicineHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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