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Urinary Fibrinogen Derivative Excretion and Intraglomerular Fibrin Deposition in Glomerulonephritis

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: (Published 23 March 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:544
  1. P. Naish,
  2. D. J. Evans,
  3. D. K. Peters


    The relations between glomerular fibrin deposition, urinary excretion of fibrinogen derivatives (F.D.), and proteinuria were explored in 81 patients with glomerulonephritis. A positive correlation existed between proteinuria and F.D. excretion even when no fibrin could be detected in the glomerulus. In two patients with tubular proteinuria F.D. excretion was also raised, suggesting that tubular reabsorption or catabolism of F.D. or both normally occur.

    Disproportionately high titres of F.D. were observed when fibrin was deposited in an extracapillary site, but mesangial fibrin deposition was not accompanied by a higher excretion of F.D. than that observed in patients in whom intraglomerular fibrin was not detected. These observations suggest that the immunofluorescent findings on renal biopsies should be the major criteria on which a trial of anticoagulants in proliferative glomerulonephritis might be instituted and that measurement of urinary F.D. is likely to be of value in monitoring therapy in patients with extracapillary fibrin deposition.