African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 18, No. 3, 2018, pp. 767-775
Bioline Code: hs18094
Full paper language: English
Document type: Study
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2018, pp. 767-775
© Copyright 2018 - El-Safty et al.
Effect of tramadol addiction alone and its co-abuse with cannabis on urinary excretion of Copper, Zinc, and Calcium among Egyptian addicts|
El-Safty, Ibrahim; Eltamany, Elsayed; Shouman, Ahmed; El-Gamel, Omayma; Nada, Ahmed & Ali, Wesam
Background: The use of illicit drugs has become a worldwide health problem. Substances with the potential to be abused may
have direct or indirect effects on physiologic mechanisms that lead to organ system dysfunction and diseases.
Objective: The present study aims to investigate the structural and reabsorption integrity of the nephron among Egyptian addicts of tramadol alone and coabused with cannabis.
Methods: Sixty-five males were included in the study, they were classified into control group (G1=19), tramadol addicts group
(G2=18), and tramadol coabused with cannabis addicts group (G3=28). Parameters investigated for structural integrity were
urinary levels ofleucineaminopeptidase and N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase, and urinary parameters for reabsorption integrity
were levels of copper and zinc as well as calcium, also urinary creatinine was measured. In addition, urinary levels of tramadol
and tetrahydrocannabinol were estimated.
Results: Among the two addicted groups, all measured parameters were not significantly different in comparison with the control group except for urinary calcium excretion which was found to be significantly increased among the two addicted groups.
Conclusion: Both tramadol addiction alone or coabused with cannabis causes increased urinary excretion of calcium, indicating
reabsorption dysfunction of calcium without affecting structural integrity along the nephron.
Enzymuria; copper; zinc; calcium; reabsorption impairment; tubular structural integrity.