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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Jun;84(6):843-4. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2011.11-0014.

Tuberculosis-associated chronic kidney disease.

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  • 1Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Federal University of CearĂ¡, Fortaleza, CearĂ¡, Brazil.


Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) account for approximately 15-20% of TB cases in immunocompetent patients. The genitourinary system is the third most commonly affected site. We report the case of a 20-year-old man admitted with fever, chills, dry cough, right flank pain, and oliguria who developed renal function loss. The pyelogram evidenced silence of the right kidney, and the abdominal and pelvic magnetic resonance showed significant dilation of the right pyelocaliceal system and proximal ureter. Biopsies of renal cortex and retroperitoneal lymph nodes showed caseous granuloma consistent with TB. Treatment was started with rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol, and the patient presented a favorable outcome but with non-dialytic chronic kidney disease. This case illustrates a case of chronic kidney disease secondary to TB in a young, otherwise healthy man.

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