ELLEN SCHEINER, M.D.
To the editor: Murray and Goldberg reviewed in their recent paper "Chronic Interstitial Nephritis: Etiologic Factors" (1), 101 cases of interstitial nephritis and concluded that in 20 "analgesic abuse nephropathy" was present. Many of these patients (85%) were women who suffered from headache (80%). A supposedly significant number (10% or 2 patients!) had required psychiatric help. The pedigree of a family with frequent headaches is displayed. The proposita is a 48-year-old woman with more than 30 years of analgesic "abuse" for recurrent headaches. The point of this aspect of the paper appears to be that analgesic abuse is familial. It
SCHEINER E. Chronic Interstitial Nephritis: Analgesic "Abuse," Hyperuricemia. Ann Intern Med. ;83:576–577. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-4-576
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(4):576-577.
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