Background: Nodular glomerulosclerosis is a characteristic histological finding of diabetic nephropathy (DN) with thickened glomerular basement membrane (GBM) and hyalinized arterioles. Idiopathic nodular glomerulosclerosis (ING), a rare distinct clinicopathologic entity, is the term used to denote classic DN confirmed by light microscopy, immuno-fluorescence, and electron microscopy in the absence of diabetes mellitus (DM). ING has been linked to heavy tobacco smoking, chronic hypertension, obesity and insulin resistance. Its association with marijuana use is unknown. Case Presentation: We report a case of biopsy-proved ING in the absence of pre-existing history of DM and heavy smoking. This report addresses the possible accentuation of tobacco use risk by marijuana. Conclusions: This report addresses the possible accentuation of tobacco use risk by marijuana. © 2017 The Author(s); Published by Society of Diabetic Nephropathy Prevention.
Mollaee, Mehri; Fülöp, Tibor; Abdul Salim, Sohil; and Hamrahian, Seyed Mehrdad, "Idiopathic nodular glomerulosclerosis in a chronic marijuana user; a case report and review of the literature" (2017). Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology Faculty Papers. Paper 228.
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