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Test ID: PLAIF    
Phospholipase A2 Receptor (PLA2R), Renal Biopsy

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Membranous nephropathy is the most common cause of nephrotic syndrome in white adults. Eighty-five percent of membranous nephropathy cases are primary or idiopathic and the other 15% are secondary. Phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) is an antigen located on podocytes. The majority of cases of primary membranous nephropathy have circulating autoantibodies against PLA2R.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

This test, (when not accompanied by a pathology consultation request) will be reported as either positive or negative.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

No significant cautionary statements.

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Larsen CP, Messias NC, Silva FG, Messias E, Walker PD: Determination of primary versus secondary membranous glomerulopathy utilizing phospholipase A2 receptor staining in renal biopsies. Mod Pathol. 2013;26(5):709-715

2. Svobodova B, Honsova E, Ronco P, Tesar V, Debiec H: Kidney biopsy is a sensitive tool for retrospective diagnosis of PLA2R-related membranous nephropathy. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2013 Jul;28(7):1839-1844

3. Cossey LN, Walker PD, Larsen CP: Phospholipase A2 receptor staining in pediatric idiopathic membranous glomerulopathy. Pediatr Nephrol. 2013 Dec;28(12):2307-2311

4. Larsen CP, Walker PD: Phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) staining is useful in the determination of de novo versus recurrent membranous glomerulopathy. Transplantation. 2013;95(10):1259-1262

5. Tomas NM, Beck LH Jr, Meyer-Schwesinger C, et al: Thrombospondin type-1 domain-containing 7A in idiopathic membranous nephropathy. N Engl J Med. 2014 Dec 11;371(24):2277-2287

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