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How is renal artery disease typically diagnosed?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Doppler or angiogram: Presents with hypertension and kidney failure. Non invasive testing can be ultrasond with doppler, ct with contrast. Invasive testing- angiogram.
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
With a doppler: With a doppler of the renal aeries.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Ultrasound: Generally diagnosed with an ultrasound test, specifically using a "doppler" measurement.

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How do you typically diagnose renal artery occlusion?

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See below: The gold standard for detecting renal artery occlusion is a renal angiogram, which is injecting a iodinated dye into the blood vessel and taking images. The dye itself can cause some reversible renal injury, and should be used weighing the risk and benefit. Other rare but serious complication is cholesterol embolii syndrome. Other tests eg ultrasound and MRI may not be conclusive.
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What are some symptoms of renal artery disease?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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High blood pressure: Most of the time no symptoms are felt. However, in advanced renal artery disease not only blood pressure is elevated but kidney function may become depressed giving rise to symtoms like fatigue and edema.

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