ISSN: 2251-8363    eISSN: 2251-8819  
J Nephropathol. 2014;3(3):87-90.
doi:10.12860/jnp.2014.17
PMID: 25093155
PMCID: PMC4119328

Scopus id: 84925044105

Editorial

ISN/RPS 2003 classification of lupus nephritis: time to take a look on the achievements and limitations of the schema

Muhammed Mubarak 1 * , Hamid Nasri 2

1 Department of Histopathology, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Karachi, Pakistan
2 Department of Nephrology, Division of Nephropathology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
Corresponding author: Prof. Muhammed Mubarak, Histopathology Department, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi-74200, Pakistan. Email: drmubaraksiut@yahoo.com

Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:

Lupus nephritis (LN) is the most dreadful complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and is responsible for the major share of morbidity and mortality of this disease. Its diagnosis, classification and management have posed significant challenges to the nephrologists and pathologists over the past several decades. A series of WHO classifications of LN were followed by the development of the international society of nephrology/renal pathology society (ISN/RPS) classification of LN in 2003. The classification has largely succeeded in achieving its goals, but a few limitations have also been exposed. It is time to revisit the classification in the light of experience of validation studies and new emerging data on this disease.  

Please cite this paper as: Mubarak M, Nasri H. ISN/RPS 2003 classification of lupus nephritis: time to take a look on the achievements and limitations of the schema. J Nephropathol. 2014; 3(3): 87-90. DOI: 10.12860/jnp.2014.17

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