Development of End Stage Renal Disease after Long-Term Ingestion of Chaga Mushroom: Case Report and Review of Literature

J Korean Med Sci. 2020 May 18;35(19):e122. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2020.35.e122.


Chaga mushrooms are widely used in folk remedies and in alternative medicine. Contrary to many beneficial effects, its adverse effect is rarely reported. We here report a case of end-stage renal disease after long-term taking Chaga mushroom. A 49-year-old Korean man with end stage renal disease (ESRD) was transferred to our hospital. Review of kidney biopsy finding was consistent with chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis with oxalate crystal deposits and drug history revealed long-term exposure to Chaga mushroom powder due to intractable atopic dermatitis. We suspected the association between Chaga mushroom and oxalate nephropathy, and measured the oxalate content of remained Chaga mushroom. The Chaga mushroom had extremely high oxalate content (14.2/100 g). Estimated daily oxalate intake of our case was 2 times for four years and 5 times for one year higher than that of usual diet. Chaga mushroom is a potential risk factor of chronic kidney disease considering high oxalate content. Nephrologist should consider oxalate nephropathy in ESRD patients exposed to Chaga mushrooms.

Keywords: Chaga Mushroom; End Stage Renal Disease; Oxalate Nephropathy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Inonotus / chemistry*
  • Inonotus / metabolism
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / diagnosis*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oxalates / chemistry
  • Oxalates / toxicity
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vascular Calcification / diagnosis
  • Vascular Calcification / diagnostic imaging


  • Oxalates

Supplementary concepts

  • Inonotus obliquus