'Metals forming part of drugs in both allopathic and alternate medicine
and industrial and occupational exposure to metals can cause partial or total and temporary or permanent damage to kidney,'
said Dr.Sharda G.Sabnis, Consultant Nephrologist and former Chief of
Nephrology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, while delivering
the Pathology Department Oration at Sri Ramachandra University, South India
Metals are a
component in medicines used to cure rheumatoid arthritis, psychiatric illness,
cancer therapy, syphilis and also in various diuretics. Metals are also used to make skin ointments,
laxatives as well as some toothpowders.
Industrial and occupational exposure to metals can affect people working
in metal industry and metallurgy, galvanizing, smelting of non ferrous ores
such as gold and copper. Heavy metals harm the kidney
effect on cellular components, cause immunologic injury and functional changes. Renal changes are often non-specific and
clinical correlation is very necessary, Dr.Sabnis added.
The 5th Endowment
oration of the Department of Pathology on Environmental Pathology of Metal
Exposure delivered by Dr. Sharda G.Sabnis and attended by national and
international experts, has been organized as part of a two day international
update and CME programme sponsored by Medical Council of India and Indian
Council of Medical Research said Dr.Sarah Kuruvilla, Professor and HOD, Department
of Pathology, Sri Ramachandra University in her welcome address.