Balkan Endemic Nephropathy

Balkan Endemic Nephropathy

Shane M. Meehan, MBBCh

This atrophic kidney (7 cm in length) shows the typical features of Balkan endemic nephropathy (BEN) with marked thinning of the cortex and a smooth capsular surface. (Courtesy D. Ferluga, MD.)

BEN characteristically has a zonal distribution, with progressively more severe interstitial fibrosis and glomerular sclerosis from the juxtamedullary image to the subcapsular cortex image. (Courtesy D. Ferluga, MD.)



  • Balkan endemic nephropathy (BEN)


  • Balkan nephropathy, Yugoslavian chronic endemic nephropathy, southeastern Europe endemic nephropathy, Danubian endemic familial nephropathy


  • Chronic tubulointerstitial nephropathy with high risk of urothelial carcinoma, endemic in specific regions of Balkan countries, Romania, and Bulgaria



Jul 7, 2016 | Posted by in PATHOLOGY & LABORATORY MEDICINE | Comments Off on Balkan Endemic Nephropathy

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