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Alcohol Alcohol. 2012 Mar-Apr;47(2):140-2. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agr154. Epub 2012 Jan 2.

Bilateral renal cortical necrosis following binge drinking.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.


Renal cortical necrosis (RCN) is a rare cause of acute kidney injury secondary to ischemic necrosis of the renal cortex. Acute tubular necrosis after binge drinking is usually attributed to volume depletion, idiosyncratic reaction to alcohol, rhabdomyolysis or a combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Binge drinking itself as a cause of RCN has not yet been reported. We report a case of a 25-year-old Asian male who developed bilateral RCN following binge drinking.

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