J Nephropathol. 2014;3(1):26-28.
doi: 10.12860/jnp.2014.06
PMID: 24644540
PMCID: PMC3956904
Scopus id: 84925140289
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Amyloid A amyloidosis: frequently neglected renal disease in injecting drug users

Ali Nayer 1 *

1 Division of Nephrology and Hypertension; University of Miami, USA
Corresponding author: Ali Nayer, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA. E-mail: ANayer@med.miami.edu. Email: ANayer@med.miami.edu

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Amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis is a systemic form of amyloidosis secondary to chronic infections and inflammatory disorders such as recurrent suppurative skin infections secondary to subcutaneous administration of drugs (skin-popping). The diagnosis of AA amyloidosis is frequently overlooked due to the insidious nature of the disease. The renal manifestations of AA amyloidosis include proteinuria, tubular dysfunction, and progressive loss of renal function. Urinalysis and quantification of urinary protein excretion are important screening tests. Early diagnosis and treatment of AA amyloidosis can reverse end-organ damage.

Please cite this paper as: Nayer A, Amyloid A amyloidosis: frequently neglected renal disease in injecting drug users. J Nephropathol. 2014; 3(1):26-28. DOI: 10.12860/jnp.2014.06

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