A 68-year old Caucasian male with a past medical history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection presented with acute oliguric renal failure and maculopapular rash. Renal biopsy demonstrated extensive foot process effacement as well as confluent small subepithelial electron-dense deposits, which is diagnostic of membranous glomerulonephritis. Subsequent serological tests showed venereal disease research laboratory test was positive in both serum and cerebral spinal fluid. Following penicillin treatment, the patient's creatinine returned to baseline 4 weeks later. Secondary membranous glomerulonephritis caused by syphilis in patients with HIV is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-986
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Urology and Nephrology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Acute kidney injury
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Membranous glomerulonephritis
  • Syphilis


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