Severe arteriosclerosis in the kidney of a cocaine addict

Am J Kidney Dis. 1992 Nov;20(5):513-5. doi: 10.1016/s0272-6386(12)70267-6.


Cocaine abuse has been associated with sudden cardiac death with coronary artery thrombosis with or without underlying vessel disease. Additional vascular beds thus far implicated in cocaine-associated arteriopathy include thoracic and abdominal aorta, and pulmonary, cerebral, and placental vessels; abnormalities include vasospasm, thrombosis, and accelerated atherosclerosis. We report the case of an adult male cocaine user with severe arteriosclerosis of renal vessels, and suggest that cocaine may also affect the renal vasculature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arteriosclerosis / etiology*
  • Arteriosclerosis / pathology
  • Cocaine*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Renal Artery Obstruction / etiology*
  • Renal Artery Obstruction / pathology
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*


  • Cocaine