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
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SCHEINER E. Chronic Interstitial Nephritis: Analgesic "Abuse," Hyperuricemia. Ann Intern Med. 1975;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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