Journal article

MEMBRANOUS NEPHROPATHY CAUSED BY MERCURY-CONTAINING SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM

DBG OLIVEIRA, G FOSTER, J SAVILL, PD SYME, A TAYLOR

POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL JOURNAL | BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP | Published : 1987

Abstract

A 46 year old woman developed membranous nephropathy following the use of a mercury-containing skin lightening cream. This association has not been reported in the literature for over a decade and apparently never from this country. It is important that clinicians are aware of this usually eminently treatable cause of the nephrotic syndrome as it is likely to be missed unless specifically enquired for.