- Carl-Gustaf Elinder, MD, PhD
Carl-Gustaf Elinder, MD, PhD
- Professor of Renal Medicine
- Karolinska Institute, Sweden
- Annika O Wernerson, MD, PhD
Annika O Wernerson, MD, PhD
- Associate Professor and Senior Consultant in Pathology
- Karolinska Institute
Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN), formerly called chronic kidney disease of unknown cause (CKDu) , refers to CKD that presents in young, agricultural workers in Central America in the absence of any clear etiology [2-5]. There is no specific treatment of MeN, other than that for nonproteinuric CKD from any other cause.
This topic reviews MeN. The treatment of CKD is discussed elsewhere. (See "Overview of the management of chronic kidney disease in adults".)
The entity of MeN was first suggested when it was noted that a high percentage of patients initiated on dialysis in El Salvador had no obvious cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) [6,7]. In a hospital study, among 205 patients initiated on dialysis between 1999 and 2000, the cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) was unknown in 135 patients .
A number of subsequently published studies revealed a high prevalence of CKD of unknown etiology in specific regions of El Salvador and Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Costa Rica [4,8]:
●In one study of 291 men from the coastlands of El Salvador, the prevalence of previously undiagnosed CKD (defined by creatinine ≥1.5 mg/dL) was 13 percent . Of these, only 38 percent had diabetes or hypertension (which are common causes of CKD in other areas), while the remainder did not appear to have a clear-cut cause for CKD. By contrast, the prevalence of CKD in the United States is approximately 5 percent . (See "Epidemiology of chronic kidney disease".)
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- Wesseling C, Crowe J, Hogstedt C, et al. Resolving the enigma of the mesoamerican nephropathy: a research workshop summary. Am J Kidney Dis 2014; 63:396.
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- Almaguer M, Herrera R, Orantes CM. Chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology in agricultural communities. MEDICC Rev 2014; 16:9.
- VanDervort DR, López DL, Orantes CM, Rodríguez DS. Spatial distribution of unspecified chronic kidney disease in El Salvador by crop area cultivated and ambient temperature. MEDICC Rev 2014; 16:31.
- Vela XF, Henríquez DO, Zelaya SM, et al. Chronic kidney disease and associated risk factors in two Salvadoran farming communities, 2012. MEDICC Rev 2014; 16:55.
- Lebov JF, Valladares E, Peña R, et al. A population-based study of prevalence and risk factors of chronic kidney disease in León, Nicaragua. Can J Kidney Health Dis 2015; 2:6.
- Laws RL, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, et al. Changes in kidney function among Nicaraguan sugarcane workers. Int J Occup Environ Health 2015; 21:241.
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- Laux TS, Bert PJ, Barreto Ruiz GM, et al. Nicaragua revisited: evidence of lower prevalence of chronic kidney disease in a high-altitude, coffee-growing village. J Nephrol 2012; 25:533.
- Wesseling C, van Wendel de Joode B, Ruepert C, et al. Paraquat in developing countries. Int J Occup Environ Health 2001; 7:275.
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- Crowe J, Wesseling C, Solano BR, et al. Heat exposure in sugarcane harvesters in Costa Rica. Am J Ind Med 2013; 56:1157.
- Bedford M, Farmer C, Levin A, et al. Acute kidney injury and CKD: chicken or egg? Am J Kidney Dis 2012; 59:485.
- Chawla LS, Kimmel PL. Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease: an integrated clinical syndrome. Kidney Int 2012; 82:516.
- Paula Santos U, Zanetta DM, Terra-Filho M, Burdmann EA. Burnt sugarcane harvesting is associated with acute renal dysfunction. Kidney Int 2015; 87:792.
- Wijkström J, Leiva R, Elinder CG, et al. Clinical and pathological characterization of Mesoamerican nephropathy: a new kidney disease in Central America. Am J Kidney Dis 2013; 62:908.
- Robey RB. Cyclical dehydration-induced renal injury and Mesoamerican nephropathy: as sweet by any other name? Kidney Int 2014; 86:226.
- Roncal Jimenez CA, Ishimoto T, Lanaspa MA, et al. Fructokinase activity mediates dehydration-induced renal injury. Kidney Int 2014; 86:294.
- Roncal-Jimenez C, García-Trabanino R, Barregard L, et al. Heat Stress Nephropathy From Exercise-Induced Uric Acid Crystalluria: A Perspective on Mesoamerican Nephropathy. Am J Kidney Dis 2016; 67:20.
- Herrera R, Orantes CM, Almaguer M, et al. Clinical characteristics of chronic kidney disease of nontraditional causes in Salvadoran farming communities. MEDICC Rev 2014; 16:39.
- Crowe J, Nilsson M, Kjellstrom T, Wesseling C. Heat-related symptoms in sugarcane harvesters. Am J Ind Med 2015; 58:541.
- Ramirez-Rubio O, Brooks DR, Amador JJ, et al. Chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua: a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with physicians and pharmacists. BMC Public Health 2013; 13:350.
- Wernerson A., Wijkström J, Gonzalez M, et al. Confirmation of renal morphology in Mesoamerican Nephropathy - A kidney biopsy study of sugar cane workers in Nicaragua. ISN World Congress of Nephrology. Cape Town, 2015. ISN: SUN-476
- Kupferman J, Amador JJ, Lynch KE, et al. Characterization of Mesoamerican Nephropathy in a Kidney Failure Hotspot in Nicaragua. Am J Kidney Dis 2016; 68:716.
- López-Marín L, Chávez Y, García XA, et al. Histopathology of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology in Salvadoran agricultural communities. MEDICC Rev 2014; 16:49.
- Wernerson A, Wijkström J, Elinder CG. Update on endemic nephropathies. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens 2014; 23:232.
- Johnson RJ, Rodriguez-Iturbe B, Roncal-Jimenez C, et al. Hyperosmolarity drives hypertension and CKD--water and salt revisited. Nat Rev Nephrol 2014; 10:415.
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