CFHR5 nephropathy

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Complement factor H-related protein 5 (CFHR5) nephropathy (also known as Troodos nephropathy) is a form of inherited kidney disease which is endemic in Cyprus and is caused by a mutation in the gene CFHR5.[1] It is thought to affect up to 1:6000 Cypriots but has not been reported in anybody who is not of Cypriot descent.

Clinical features[edit]

CFHR5 nephropathy usually presents with microscopic amounts of blood in the urine, detectable on a routine urine dipstick test. Sometimes the disease is associated with visible blood in the urine, usually at the time of respiratory or other infections and this is thought to result from stimulation of the immune system leading to damage in the kidneys.

Biopsy findings[edit]

A kidney biopsy in patients with CFHR5 nephropathy classically shows deposition of complement C3 in the kidney, without any detectable immunoglobulins there. This is evidence that the disease is caused by a problem with alternative complement pathway regulation, rather than activation of the complement system by other diseases. In addition, light microscopy often demonstrates histological features of mesangiocapillary glomerulonephritis. CFHR5 Nephropathy is histologically distinguished from dense deposit disease by the absence of dense transformation of the glomerular basement membrane – electron microscopy rather reveals mesangial, subendothelial basement membrane, and occasional subepithelial basement membrane deposits which stain for complement C3.


The diagnosis can be confirmed on a blood sample using a genetic test.[1]


There is no proven therapy for the CFHR5 nephropathy, although research is currently underway to develop ways of preventing kidney failure developing in those affected.


Over time, kidney failure can develop and most men with the disease will eventually require dialysis or kidney transplantation. For reasons which are not understood, women with the disease, although they often have blood in their urine, only rarely develop kidney failure.[1] The disease has been shown to recur following kidney transplantation, however in most cases the kidney transplant has a normal lifespan.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Gale DP, de Jorge EG, et al. (26 August 2010). "Identification of a mutation in complement factor H-related protein 5 in patients of Cypriot origin with glomerulonephritis". Lancet. 376 (9743): 794–801. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60670-8. PMC 2935536Freely accessible. PMID 20800271. 
  2. ^ Vernon KA, Gale DP, de Jorge EG, McLean AG, Galliford J, Pierides A, Maxwell PH, Taube D, Pickering MC, Cook HT (2011). "Recurrence of Complement Factor H-Related Protein 5 Nephropathy in a Renal Transplant". American Journal of Transplantation. 11 (1): 152–155. doi:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2010.03333.x. ISSN 1600-6135. PMC 3016252Freely accessible. 

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