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Clin Nephrol. 2004 Jan;61(1):63-7.

Pamidronate-induced nephrotoxic tubular necrosis--a case report.

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Nephrology Institute, Edith Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel.


Few cases of pamidronate (bisphosphonate class of drugs) nephrotoxicity in humans have been previously reported in the literature. In 7 patients, the pamidronate-related nephrotoxicity was attributed to focal collapsing glomerulosclerosis [Markowitz et al. 2001], and in 1 patient was related to tubulo-interstitial inflammatory nephritis [Van Doom et al. 2001]. We report herein on a 65-year-old Caucasian female patient who presented with acute chronic renal failure due to pamidronate-induced toxic proximal tubular necrosis without immunologic or inflammatory tubulo-interstitial involvement. The acute pattern of renal failure resolved following cessation of pamidronate administration in this patient for osteoporosis; the patient also had a monoclonal gammopathy of unspecific origin (MGUS).

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