Heroin addiction and renal disease

Contrib Nephrol. 1977;7:69-78. doi: 10.1159/000400116.

Abstract

In this paper, renal involvement secondary to other medical complications of heroin addiction is discussed. We review 12 published studies totalling 102 heroin addicts with renal disease. Of these, in only 40 patients could other discernible causes of renal disease be excluded. The existence of 40 reported cases of renal disease from a population of more than half a million is insufficient data upon which to postulate the existence of a type of renal disease unique to heroin addicts.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arteritis / chemically induced
  • Arteritis / complications
  • Female
  • Glomerulonephritis / etiology
  • Hepatitis, Viral, Human / complications
  • Heroin Dependence / complications*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / etiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscular Diseases / chemically induced
  • Muscular Diseases / complications
  • Myoglobinuria / chemically induced
  • Myoglobinuria / complications
  • Necrosis