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Abstract: TH-PO1101

COVID-19 Vaccination (VAX) and Infection (INF)-Related Glomerular Diseases (GNs)

Session Information

  • COVID-19 - I
    November 02, 2023 | Location: Exhibit Hall, Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 000 Coronavirus (COVID-19)


  • Pham, Phuong-Chi T., UCLA Medical Center Olive View, Sylmar, California, United States
  • Valluri, Vinod K., UCLA Medical Center Olive View, Sylmar, California, United States
  • Jafari, Golriz, UCLA Medical Center Olive View, Sylmar, California, United States
  • Kamarzarian, Anita, UCLA Medical Center Olive View, Sylmar, California, United States
  • Bath, Kulwant Singh, UCLA Medical Center Olive View, Sylmar, California, United States
  • Haghi, Masoud, UCLA Medical Center Olive View, Sylmar, California, United States
  • Pham, Phuong-Thu T., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

There have been numerous reports of GNs associated with both COVID-19 VAX and INF. We performed a systematic review per PRISMA involving reported COVID-19 VAX and INF-associated GN cases to explore for supportive evidence of a cause-and-effect rather than a fortuitous relationship.


We searched NLM, EMBASE, and the World Health Organization COVID-19 database for case reports and series, and observational studies for reported VAX or INF-associated GNs.


Of 1261 articles identified, 117 articles were included. Fifty-eight articles pertained to infection- and 59 to vaccine-related GNs. Among vaccine-related GNs, the top 3 diagnoses were IgA nephropathy (IgAN, 35 out of 111 cases, 31.5%), anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated GN (ANCA, 23 out of 111, 18.9%), and minimal change disease (MCD, 23 out of 111, 18.9%). Among infected patients, the top 3 were focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS, 90 out of 162, 55.6%), ANCA-associated GN (34 out of 162, 21.0%), and IgAN (12 out of 162, 7.4%). The distributive patterns of reported GNs associated with the VAX and INF differ significantly compared with that in the pre-COVID era, where excluding diabetic glomerulosclerosis, the top 3 GNs globally were FSGS 17.4%, IgAN 16.5%, and MN 12.1%.


Based on the pathogenesis of GNs and systemic immune response to COVID-19 VAX and INF and the observed differences in GN patterns among pre-COVID era, VAX, and INF-reported GN cases, we suspect that the relationship betweent VAX and INF-reported GNs were directly causal rather than coincidental.

GNPre-COVID global distribution (%)COVID-19 vaccine n (%)COVID-19 infection n (%)
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis17.43 (2.7)90 (55.6)
IgA nephropathy/Henoch Schonlein purpura16.535 (31.5)12 (7.4)
Diabetic kidney disease13.90 (0)0 (0)
Membranous nephropathy12.110 (9)6 (3.7)
Lupus nephritis12.24 (3.6)1 (0.6)
ANCA6.221 (18.9)34 (21)
Minimal change disease5.221 (18.9)2 (1.2)
MPGN/C3GN33 (2.7)0 (0)
Renal amyloid2.91 (0.9)1 (0.6)
TTP/HUS2.54 (3.6)12 (7.4)
Others8.19 (8.1)4 (2.5)
Total100111 (99.9)162 (100)

Glomerular diseases reported following COVID-19 vaccination and infection in non-transplant patients.