The purpose of this retrospective study was to analyse patients from four centres in three continents to determine if differences in long-term outcome of IgA nephropathy (IgAN) are explained by clinical and laboratory features at presentation.
The study included 711 adults with biopsy-proven IgAN from Glasgow, UK (n = 112), Helsinki, Finland (n = 204), Sydney, Australia (n = 121) and Toronto, Canada (n = 274). Data collected from time of presentation to a nephrologist were age, gender, 24-h urine protein excretion (UP(0)), mean arterial pressure (MAP(0)) and creatinine clearance (CrCl(0)). Outcomes were slope of creatinine clearance (CrCl) and renal survival.
At presentation there was significant vari-ability in baseline clinical features with patients from Helsinki having the lowest median UP(0), lowest MAP(0) and highest CrCl(0), all suggesting milder disease. There was significant variability in renal survival between centres with 10-year actuarial survival of 95.7, 87.0, 63.9 and 61.6% in Helsinki, Sydney, Glasgow and Toronto, respectively (P