‘Magic mushrooms’ ingestion among the drug-using population has become a popular cheap way to get hallucinogenic effects which is not free of complications. One of these is acute renal failure related to Cortinarius genus intake. This one greatly resembles ‘magic mushrooms’ and confusion is possible for inexperienced collectors. We report the case of a young male ex-drug addict who developed acute tubulointerstitial nephritis after voluntary ingestion of Cortinarius orellanus. The clinical picture was preceded by a long latency period, had an insidious course without any data of hepatoxicity and evolved to a chronic state. Renal biopsy showed nonspecific histopathological findings. In summary, it is important to bear this possibility in mind when facing an acute tubulointerstitial nephritis of unknown origin in a drug-taking patient.
Jesus Calviño, MD
Servicio de Nefrologia
Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago, C/Galeras s/n
E–15705 Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Tel. +34 981 540044, Fax +34 981 570102
Received: Received: July 7, 1997
Accepted: December 10, 1997
Number of Print Pages : 5
Number of Figures : 3, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 19
American Journal of Nephrology
Vol. 18, No. 6, Year 1998 (Cover Date: November-December 1998)
Journal Editor: Shaul G. Massry, Los Angeles, California
ISSN: 0250–8095 (print), 1421–9670 (Online)
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Article / Publication Details
Published online: 12/9/1998
Issue release date: November–December 1998
Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 2
ISSN: 0250-8095 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9670 (Online)
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