Balkan endemic nephropathy: a still unsolved puzzle.

  title={Balkan endemic nephropathy: a still unsolved puzzle.},
  author={Adalbert Schiller and Paul gusbeth-tatomir and Nikola Pavlovi{\'c} and Du{\vs}an Ferluga and Goce B. Spasovski and Adrian Constantin Covic},
  journal={Journal of nephrology},
  volume={21 5},
Balkan endemic nephropathy (BEN) is a chronic tubulointerstitial renal disease, occurring in certain regions in 5 countries of the Balkan peninsula. Its etiology is largely unknown, though several hypotheses have been formulated and are discussed in this review. In several cases, etiological hypotheses (e.g., viral, ochratoxin or trace element involvement) are verified only in local endemic areas and can not be confirmed when tested elsewhere. Only certain families in the endemic areas are… CONTINUE READING