Chinese herbal nephropathy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, NEPHROLOGY, PATHOLOGY
A renal disorder linked to the administration of various unapproved formulations of Chinese herbs–which contained aristolochic acid (see chemical formula)–at weight loss clinics; it was first reported in Belgium in the early 1990s
Pathology Extensive cortical tubulointerstitial fibrosis with atrophy, thickening of the interlobular and
afferent arterioles due to endothelial cell swelling, urothelial cell atypia, urothelial (transitional cell) carcinoma of renal pelvis, ureter, and bladder
Synonyms Aristolochic acid nephropathy, Belgian nephropathy, Chinese herb nephropathy, Chinese herbs nephropathy, Chinese nephropathy
Reference Med J Aust 2011; 194 (7): 367-368.