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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some alternative treatments for renal artery occlusion?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Medications: Occlusion means 100% stenosis. Usually not worth trying to opening due to high failure rate and due to the residual alive part of the kidney already is getting blood from somewhere and whatever died of it has died also risk benefit from bypass surgery is not favorable for same reason. Medications for BP control and conservative management is the way to proceed usually.Also protect the other kidney.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Angioplasty/medicine: Rao usually discovered during hypertension work-up, or when dr. Hears an abdominal bruit (sound with stethoscope) over renal artery.Bp must be controlled asap with antihypertensive medication and low sodium diet.Then option for angioplasty, best performed by experienced interventional radiologist. Results of medication alone or + angioplasty similar. Some 1 in 5-10 get off meds after angioplasty.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for renal artery occlusion?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Depends: "occlusion" means 100% blockage. "stenosis" means <100% blockage. If you have abrupt or very recent occlusion or stenosis, the artery can be dilated and stented using a wire & balloon (angioplasty). If there is chronic occlusion, the kidney has been permanently damaged and there's no benefit in doing anything further to the artery.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What exactly is renal artery occlusion?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Obstruction: Renal artery is the artery that feeds the kidney. If occluded, it is shut down. The kidney will not necessarily shut down however. It may still get its blood supply from collaterals (small branches) that bypass the blocked site. The kidney function will not be normal though!
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Can renal artery occlusion be cured?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: It depends on what size artery is involved, where the occlusion occurred, and if there is irreversible kidney damage . Medical treatment may help some people. Some arteries can be repaired or replaced with surgery, or a radiology procedure can be performed to dilate the artery.Cigarette smoking and higher levels of cholesterol increase a person's risks of recurrent arterial disease.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for renal artery occlusion?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Vascular studies: A renal artery doppler, mr angiography, IV contrast angiography, co2 angiography, ct angiography are helpful. Older tests include ace inhibitor challenges, searching for drug mediated creatinine rise. This is not much used.

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