Published online Jun 27, 2013. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v5.i6.336
Revised: September 30, 2012
Accepted: November 11, 2012
Published online: June 27, 2013
A 63-year-old Caucasian man presented with a cholestatic syndrome, renal failure and arthralgias. A laboratory examination revealed high immunoglobulin G (IgG) and IgG4 levels (5.95 g/L; normal range: 0.08-1.4 g/L), pointing to a diagnosis of systemic IgG4-related disease, with definite radiological evidence of biliary and pancreatic expression, and plausible renal, articular, salivary and lacrimal glands involvement. Due to the rarity of the condition, there are currently no random control trials to point to the optimal therapeutic approach. The patient has been on steroid therapy with the subsequent introduction of azathioprine, with a complete resolution of all symptoms, a rapid reduction to normalization of all blood tests, and a complete regression of the radiological picture. Our experience underlines the complexity of IgG4-related disease and its variable and sometimes progressive presentation, while pointing out the need for a careful and complete assessment for possible multi-organ involvement.