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Valacyclovir-associated acute kidney injury
  1. James Kirkland and
  2. Pathmanathan Suganthan
  1. General Medicine, Armadale Health Service, Armadale, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr James Kirkland; james.j.kirkland{at}


A man in his 70s presented to hospital with an acute kidney injury. He recently had started taking valacyclovir for treatment of shingles. The valacyclovir was stopped and his acute kidney injury improved. Work-up for other causes of acute kidney injury was negative and he was diagnosed with valacyclovir-associated acute kidney injury. He was discharged home after four days in the hospital with improving renal function.

  • Pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Acute renal failure

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  • Contributors This report was created by JK, in conjunction with PS. The authors were both involved in the care of the patient. JK created the manuscript with supervision and oversight provided by PS.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.