Contribution of Electron Microscopy to the Clinicopathologic Diagnosis in Childhood Glomerular Renal Diseases

Camlar S. A., Unlu M., SOYLU A., Karaca D., SARIOĞLU S., KAVUKÇU S.

FETAL AND PEDIATRIC PATHOLOGY, vol.38, no.4, pp.299-306, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15513815.2019.1587119
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.299-306
  • Keywords: children, electron microscopy, renal, pathology, NEPHROTIC SYNDROME, KIDNEY BIOPSY
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Electron microscopy (EM) provides another diagnostic assessment of glomerular lesions in addition to light and fluorescent microscopy. Objectives: We evaluated the contribution of diagnostic EM in childhood glomerular diseases. Patients and methods: Forty-eight renal biopsies which were assessed by EM between 2000 and 2014 were evaluated. Results: There were 21 (44%) females and 27 (56%) males, ages ranged between 6 and 204 months. EM findings were compatible with light and immunofluorescence microscopy in 65%, made additional contributions to diagnosis in 31% (especially in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Alport disease, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, dense deposit disease, thin basement membrane disease, and nephronophthisis), and was non-contributory in 4%. Conclusion: Electron microscopic evaluation supports other histopathological diagnoses in most cases, contributes additional diagnostic information in pediatric glomerular disease, especially in FSGS, thin glomerular basement membrane nephropathy, Alport disease, MPGN, and dense deposit disease, and its utilization should clinically justify the increase in cost and testing time.