First Case of COVID-19-Associated Collapsing Glomerulopathy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Yannick M. Nlandu ,1 Jean-Robert R. Makulo,1 Nestor M. Pakasa,2 Ernest K. Sumaili,1 Clarisse N. Nkondi,1 Justine B. Bukabau,1 François K. Beya,2 Nazaire M. Nseka,1 and François B. Lepira1

1Kinshasa University Hospital, Nephrology Unit, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
2Division of Uro-Nephropathology, Department of Pathology, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Correspondence should be addressed to Yannick M. Nlandu;

Received 8 July 2020; Revised 4 September 2020; Accepted 17 September 2020; Published 28 September 2020
Academic Editor: Raoul Bergner
Copyright © 2020 Yannick M. Nlandu et al. +is is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Although the lungs remain the main target of SARS-CoV-2, other organs, such as kidneys, can be affected, which has a negative impact on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients. Although previous studies of kidney disease in COVID-19 reported mainly SARSCoV-2-induced tubular and interstitial injury, there is growing evidence coming out of Africa of glomerular involvement,
especially collapsing glomerulopathy seen particularly in people of African descent. We report a case of collapsing glomerulopathy
revealed by acute kidney injury and a new onset of full blown nephrotic syndrome in a black Congolese patient coinfected with COVID-19 and malaria.

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