Research from Bryan Kestenbaum links heroin use in Pacific Northwest with AA-type kidney amyloidosis

New research results from Kidney Research Institute investigator Dr. Bryan Kestenbaum and colleagues show that heroin use in the Pacific Northwest is linked to a rare but incurable kidney disease.

The results, published June 15 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showed that, among 38 patients diagnosed with AA-type kidney amyloidosis, 35 had a previous history of heroin use.

“If you use heroin in the Pacific Northwest, it is unlikely that you will develop this disease,” says Bryan. “But this study indicates that such a user is more than 100 times more likely to develop the disease than an otherwise similar person who does not use heroin.”

Read a summary about the research or access the full publication in CJASN to learn more.