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World J Clin Cases. Jun 16, 2017; 5(6): 234-237
Published online Jun 16, 2017. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v5.i6.234
Bilateral renal cortical necrosis associated with smoking synthetic cannabinoids
Kanaan Mansoor, Ashley Zawodniak, Tibor Nadasdy, Zeid J Khitan
Kanaan Mansoor, Ashley Zawodniak, Zeid J Khitan, Internal Medicine Department, Joan C Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25701, United States
Tibor Nadasdy, Department of Renal and Transplant Pathology, the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, United States
Author contributions: All authors contributed in writing and revision of the manuscript according to the expertise.
Supported by Internal Medicine Department, Joan C Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University.
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Correspondence to: Zeid J Khitan, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief (Renal Division), Internal Medicine Department, Joan C Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25701, United states.
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Received: February 3, 2017
Peer-review started: February 7, 2017
First decision: March 7, 2017
Revised: March 15, 2017
Accepted: April 23, 2017
Article in press: April 24, 2017
Published online: June 16, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Renal cortical necrosis is a debilitating condition and has a number of causes, in our case a 47 years old female suffered from this condition after smoking synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs) which are a new form of synthetic illicit designer drugs. The patient presented with nausea for 5 d along with anuria for past 24 h before presentation. On laboratory findings the patient had thrombocytopenia while clinically the patient had thrombotic microangiopathy which leads to bilateral renal cortical necrosis. Patient was placed permanently on hemodialysis. Thus awareness needs to be dispersed about potential effects of SCBs.