Remission of light chain proximal tubulopathy in IgG λ-type multiple myeloma by lenalidomide and dexamethasone therapy

  • Shinya KawamotoEmail author
  • Yuji Hidaka
  • Yu Kaneko
  • Hideo Misawa
  • Katsuhiro Nagahori
  • Atsunori Yoshino
  • Takamitsu Okamura
  • Shinichi Ban
  • Yoshihiko Ueda
  • Tetsuro Takeda
Case Report


Light chain proximal tubulopathy is a rare manifestation of monoclonal gammopathy. A 73-year-old Japanese woman was noted to have urinary protein and hypertension on health examination and visited the regional clinic. She was noted to have IgG λ M protein and suspected of multiple myeloma. She was referred to us with massive proteinuria (7.5 g/g creatinine) and Bence Jones proteinuria without renal dysfunction. A renal biopsy revealed no glomerular abnormalities, but a tubular cast was observed partially in tubules without tubular atrophy or a crystalline structure. Direct Fast Scarlet staining was absent both in glomerulus and vascular wall. Immunofluorescence revealed λ light chain (LC) staining in the proximal tubules. Electron microscopy revealed nonspecific findings including increased lysosomes with irregular contours and mottled appearance. A bone marrow biopsy revealed plasma cell proliferation (35%) and multiple myeloma immunoglobulin G λ type. She showed progressive anemia and decrease of eGFR with elevated level of urinary β-2 microglobulin. She was treated with lenalidomide + dexamethasone (Ld). With Ld therapy, she achieved hematologic and nephrologic remission reducing the free LC, λ/κ ratio, urinary protein level, and urinary β-2 microglobulin level.


Light chain proximal tubulopathy Multiple myeloma IgG lambda M protein Lenalidomide 



We thank Takuya Okamura, department of pathology for immunostaining and Matsuo Jinnai, Collaborative Research Center for electron microscopy.

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All authors declare no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shinya Kawamoto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yuji Hidaka
    • 1
  • Yu Kaneko
    • 1
  • Hideo Misawa
    • 1
  • Katsuhiro Nagahori
    • 1
  • Atsunori Yoshino
    • 1
  • Takamitsu Okamura
    • 2
  • Shinichi Ban
    • 3
  • Yoshihiko Ueda
    • 3
  • Tetsuro Takeda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NephrologyDokkyo Medical University Saitama Medical CenterKoshigayaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineDokkyo Medical University Saitama Medical CenterKoshigayaJapan
  3. 3.Department of PathologyDokkyo Medical University Saitama Medical CenterKoshigayaJapan

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