Chronic Kidney Diseases in Agricultural Communities: A discussion with NIEHS and NIDDK

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Chronic kidney disease of uncertain origin (CKDu) has increased globally, particularly in agricultural communities. It is unclear whether this condition—also referred to as chronic kidney disease non-traditional etiology (CKDnt), Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN), and chronic interstitial nephritis in agricultural communities (CINAC), among other terms—represents one common disease, or if it is a syndrome of related ones that differ by region.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hosted a workshop on CKD in Agricultural Communities in June 2018 that