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Membranous nephropathy caused by mercury-containing skin lightening cream.
  1. D. B. Oliveira,
  2. G. Foster,
  3. J. Savill,
  4. P. D. Syme,
  5. A. Taylor
  1. Department of Medicine, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK.


    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.

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