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Fibrillary glomerulonephritis

Prevalence estimates on Rare Medical Network websites are calculated based on data available from numerous sources, including US and European government statistics, the NIH, Orphanet, and published epidemiologic studies. Rare disease population data is recognized to be highly variable, and based on a wide variety of source data and methodologies, so the prevalence data on this site should be assumed to be estimated and cannot be considered to be absolutely correct.


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Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.


Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


Not applicable


Other names (AKA)

Non-amyloid fibrillary glomerulopathy; Congo red-negative amyloidosis-like glomerulopathy; Non-amyloid fibrillary glomerulonephritis


Kidney and Urinary Diseases


Fibrillary glomerulonephritis is an uncommon cause of glomerular disease. A more rare disorder known as immunotactoid glomerulpathy is a very similar condition. Both disorders probably result from deposits derived from immunoglobulins but in most cases the cause is idiopathic (unknown). The diagnosis is made with a kidney biopsy and by electron microscopy. Fibrillary glomerulonephritis and immunotactoid glomerulopathy can be differentiated from each other by electron microscopy; the fibrils in fibrillary glomerulonephritis are smaller and randomly oriented as opposed to the larger and often organized fibrils of immunotactoid glomerulopathy. The signs and symptoms include blood (hematuria) and protein (proteinuria) in the urine, kidney insufficiency and high blood pressure. Both fibrillary glomerulonephritis and immunotactoid glomerulopathy have been associated with hepatitis C virus infection and with malignancy and autoimmune disease. Because of this, patients should be screened for these conditions. Treatment is generally determined by the severity of the kidney problems.[1]

Learn more

These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.

In-Depth Information

  • The Merck Manual for health care professionals provides information on Fibrillary glomerulonephritis .
  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Fibrillary glomerulonephritis . Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.

Selected Full-Text Journal Articles


  1. Fervenza F, Sethi S, Appel G. Glomerular diseases due to nonamyloid fibrillar deposits. UpToDate. July 16, 2014; https://www.uptodate.com/contents/glomerular-diseases-due-to-nonamyloid-fibrillar-deposits. Accessed 8/19/2015.