Which histologic findings are characteristic of hypoalbuminemia due to nephrotic syndrome?

Updated: Sep 11, 2020
  • Author: Ruben Peralta, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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When hypoalbuminemia is due to nephrotic syndrome secondary to a primary renal disorder, light microscopy may show sclerosis (focal glomerulosclerosis), mesangial immunoglobulin A (immunoglobulin A nephropathy), or no changes (minimal change disease). Electron microscopy may show subepithelial immunoglobulin G deposits (membranous glomerulonephritis).


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