Journal Article

Outcome of patients with membranous lupus nephritis in Cape Town South Africa

Ikechi G. Okpechi, Olugbenga E. Ayodele, Erika S.W. Jones, Maureen Duffield and Charles R. Swanepoel

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 27, issue 9, pages 3509-3515
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online May 2012 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Outcome of patients with membranous lupus nephritis in Cape Town South Africa

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The kidney is one of the major target organs affected by systemic lupus erythematosus. Although proliferative forms of lupus nephritis (LN) occur more frequently than membranous LN (MLN), the latter appears to have a more favourable outcome. Only a few studies have reported the outcome of patients with MLN.


A retrospective analysis of patients with biopsy-confirmed MLN from a single centre in South Africa treated from 1st January 2000 to 31st December 2009.


The mean age of the patients (n = 42) at onset of LN was 35.0 ± 12.8 years with 73.8% of the patients being of mixed ancestry (coloureds). Eleven patients (26.2%) reached the composite end point of death or end-stage renal disease or persistent doubling of serum creatinine. The overall median survival and median renal survival times were 82.3 ± 15.5 months (95% confidence interval 52.0–112.6) and 84.5 ± 15.0 months (55.1–113.8), respectively. Also, 5-year event-free survival and renal survival were 64 and 71%, respectively. On multivariate analysis, systolic blood pressure (BP) during follow-up (P = 0.029), diastolic BP during follow-up (P = 0.020) and attainment of complete remission at 6 months (P = 0.033) were factors associated with the composite end points. Although treatment with chloroquine was not significantly associated with the composite end points (P = 0.05), we found that patients who received chloroquine had better renal survival compared with those who did not (P = 0.007).


The outcome of patients with MLN in Cape Town is poorer than for similar patients reported from other centres across the world. Better BP control may significantly influence outcome of disease in these patients.

Keywords: Africans; blood pressure; chloroquine; membranous lupus nephritis; outcomes

Journal Article.  4437 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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