Nephropathy refers to damage, disease , or other abnormalities of the kidney. IgA nephropathy is a kidney disorder in which
It is also called Berger’s disease.
Nephropathy - IgA; Berger's disease
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
IgA is a protein that helps the body fight infections. IgA nephropathy (Berger's disease) occurs when too much of this protein is deposited in the kidneys. IgA builds up inside the small blood vessels of the kidney. Structures in the kidney called glomeruli become inflamed.
IgA nephropathy (Berger's disease) is a form of mesangial proliferative nephritis.
The disorder can appear suddenly (
Risk factors include::
- A personal or family history of IgA nephropathy or Henoch Schonlein
purpura, a form of vasculitisthat affects many parts of the body
- Caucasian or Asian ethnicity
IgA nephropathy can occur in persons of all ages, but most often affects males in their teens to late 30s.