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Chronic kidney disease

Mesoamerican nephropathy—new clues to the cause

An epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology has emerged in Central America and resulted in the highest rates of end-stage renal disease worldwide. New findings from the first renal biopsy study of patients with Mesoamerican nephropathy should help medical detectives to 'crack' the cause of this disease.

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Johnson, R., Sánchez-Lozada, L. Mesoamerican nephropathy—new clues to the cause. Nat Rev Nephrol 9, 560–561 (2013).

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