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Renal diseases in the tropics 

Renal diseases in the tropics
Renal diseases in the tropics

Vivekanand Jha


August 28, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.


Description of acute kidney injury in scrub typhus.

Expanded coverage of plant nephrotoxins.

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date: 27 September 2021

Kidney diseases encountered in tropical areas are a mix of conditions that have worldwide distribution and those that are secondary to factors unique to the tropics, e.g. climatic conditions, infectious agents, nephrotoxic plants, envenomations, and chemical toxins. Important presentations are with nephrotic syndrome, acute kidney injury (AKI), and progressive renal insufficiency. In addition to the climate, cultural factors, illiteracy, superstitions, living conditions, level of access to health care, and nutritional status also affect the nature and course of disease. Knowledge of such conditions and issues is important for medical professionals in all parts of the globe, as ease of travel means that individuals and practices are exported with increasing frequency....

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