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Diabetic nephropathy

Diabetic nephropathy—challenges in pathologic classification

A new pathologic classification scheme for diabetic nephropathy, in which only glomerular lesions are used to classify renal damage associated with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, has been developed in association with the Renal Pathology Society. Given the heterogeneity of the renal lesions underlying diabetic nephropathy and the complex natural history of the disease, this scheme is not yet ready for clinical application but should be considered an important first step towards the development of a clinically useful classification system.

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Fioretto, P., Mauer, M. Diabetic nephropathy—challenges in pathologic classification. Nat Rev Nephrol 6, 508–510 (2010).

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