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Indian J Nephrol. 2013 Jul;23(4):301-3. doi: 10.4103/0971-4065.114485.

Acute renal failure secondary to ingestion of ayurvedic medicine containing mercury.

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  • 1Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Several traditional medicines contain potentially toxic heavy metals. Heavy metal poisoning is not an uncommon cause of renal damage, although the diagnosis can be easily missed. We report a case of chronic ingestion of an ayurvedic medicine containing mercury in a 2-year-old girl, resulting in anuric renal failure due to acute interstitial nephritis.


Children; d-Penicillamine; heavy metal poisoning; hemodialysis; mercury intoxication; tubulointerstitial nephritis

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