Primary IgA nephropathy is a chronic autoimmune disease4-6

IgA nephropathy is the most common cause of the primary glomerular diseases that can lead to
end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
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individuals per year suffer from IgAN worldwide7


Half of patients with IgA nephropathy may progress to ESRD within 20 years2,3

*In a retrospective analysis of patients with IgA nephropathy referred to the Center for Glomerular Diseases at Columbia University Medical Center from 1980 to 2010. Only patients with a biopsy-proven diagnosis and ≥6 months of follow-up were included in outcome analysis (n=126).8

In a 10-year, long-term follow-up of a cohort of patients (n=149) from the multicenter, open-label, randomized, controlled STOP-IgAN trial. This study represents one of the longest and most rigorously designed IgA nephropathy studies with the highest evidence currently available.9

In a study of adults from central and eastern Kentucky who were diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (N=251) by renal biopsy between January 1, 1976 and December 31, 2005, which used the National Death Index and United States Renal Data System to establish date of death and date of progression to ESRD.2

IgA nephropathy is often asymptomatic in early stages. Patients may go undiagnosed until a decline in kidney function has already occurred6,10


IgA nephropathy progression comes at a high cost.11

money cost
According to the American Journal of Managed Care, mean annual costs for patients with ESRD were $121,948 for commercial groups and $87,339 for Medicare groups12
personal cost
Progressive IgA nephropathy can also have a deep impact on emotional and psychosocial aspects, as well as a patient’s ability to perform physical activities6
life cost

In the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the mortality rate in patients with moderate- or high-risk IgAN was twice that of the general population in a large cohort study (N=665) followed for a mean duration of 11.8 years (range: 0.0 to 20.8 years)13

See the true impact of IgA nephropathy

A patient with lgA nephropathy discusses the challenges he faces, with commentary from University of Leicester Professor Jonathan Barratt.

IgA=immunoglobulin A; IgAN=immunoglobulin A nephropathy; MOD=mechanism of disease.


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