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Tetracycline Poisoning in Renal Failure

Br Med J 1974; 2 doi: (Published 20 April 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;2:149
  1. M. E. Phillips,
  2. J. B. Eastwood,
  3. J. R. Curtis,
  4. P. E. Gower,
  5. H. E. de Wardener


    Seven cases are reported in which drugs of the tetracycline group produced a fall in the glomerular filtration rate. In six patients there was a primary underlying renal disease and renal impairment. All seven patients were made seriously ill by the antibiotic. Two patients required immediate haemodialysis; one died and the other continued on dialysis until transplanted. Another patient initially responded to intravenous fluids and protein restriction but his renal function deteriorated and four months later he began maintenance haemodialysis. Three patients required peritoneal dialysis. The seventh patient responded satisfactorily to conservative management. The medical and medicolegal complications arising from the use of tetracycline in patients with renal disease are discussed. Yet another plea is made that drugs of the tetracycline group other than doxycycline should not be given to patients with chronic renal failure.