La lepra y el riñón

Gerzain Rodríguez, Joaquín Berrio, Ladys Sarmiento, .


A review is made of leprosy's effect on the kidneys when related to secondary phenomena, such as precipitation within glomerules of antigen-antibody complexes, or fibrillar proteins resulting from chronic inflamation orto complications dueto polychemotherapy against the leprosy bacillus, ¡.e. not being due to M. Ieprae presence within the renal nerves or parenchyma. The following circumstances have been described: a) defects in urine concentration and acidification; b) acute and chronic interstitial nephritis; c) acute renal failure; d) systemic secondary or reactive amyloidosis; and e) glomerulonephritis. It is also pointed out that leprosy is not a contraindication for renal transplant, because the disease (having already been cured) may not become active again, or, if it does, or erupts because of the irnmunosuppression needed to maintain the transplant, can be controlled with availble polychemotherpy.


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  • Gerzain Rodríguez Laboratorio de Patología, Instituto Nacional de Salud; Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá.
  • Joaquín Berrio Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales.
  • Ladys Sarmiento Unidad de Microscopía y Análisis de Imágenes, Instituto Nacional de Salud, Bogotá.
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Rodríguez G, Berrio J, Sarmiento L. La lepra y el riñón. biomedica [Internet]. 1 de marzo de 1999 [citado 28 de enero de 2023];19(1):45-5. Disponible en:
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