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How Do You Get A Renal Infarction
When the blood supply of a tissue is compromised by whatever mechanism, the tissue will stop working and if blood flow is not restored, the tissue will eventually die ("infarct", both verb and noun). The clinical picture that runs with development of an infarct ("heart attack"; ...Read more
Rare event: Renal infarction is the term for loss of blood supply to all or a portion of the kidney which then dies. It is not a common event. It can be caused by atherosclerosis or more rarely, by blood clots lodging in the renal arteries. It can be a consequence of surgery on the abdominal aorta. ...Read more
Kidney infarct: Kidney infarction is serious - very serious. 50 % infarction is likely to disable the kidney more - over time. What caused this? Is only one kidney involved? Yes a second opinion is essential: Root cause? vascular fix needed? is BP shooting up? Best meds? Can kidney be spared? Or is removal best? Is other kidney in jeopardy? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kidney death: If the blood supply to the kidney is blocked or damaged (by clot or trauma), kidney tissue dies. Renal infarction can involve some or all of 1 or both kidneys. Since the kidneys are a vital organ and they don't regenerate if dead (they can recover from acute tubular necrosis, a separate condition) this is potentially very serious and warrants specialty evaluation/care. ...Read more
Depends : Hard to answer because it depends on the cause, how severe, and how much kidney was affected. Infarction means tissue death, so the amount of kidney infarcted is lost. If only a small area 20% of one kidney, there is not likely to be much harm. The more kidney affected, especially is due to a systemic diseases i.e. Massive shock and low blood pressure--it may be significant. ...Read more
Kidney Infacrtion: In my 35 years of experience, kidney infarction has been rare. I have seen renal vein thrombosis in patients with diseases that cause a huge amount of protein loss, but only one of those patients has had a loss of kidney function requiring removal of that kidney. The only other patient that had renal infaction was a child that had a narrowing of the renal artery and an attempted repair failed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you offer any other causes for renal infarct aside from cardiac problems? Suffered bilateral infarcts & docs can't find the cause.
Emboli/vasculitis: Typically renal infarcts imply a "showering" of either clot (ex-heart w atrial fibrillation), or atherosclerotic debris (aorta--livedo reticularis-"blue toe"), or potentially due to active inflammation of the renal arteries (vasculitis as can occur in connective tissue disorders and which typically also show peripheral skin findings, as well as rash, joint symptoms, fluid deposition in chest/peric. ...Read more
Transthoracic echocardiogram, chest x ray, renal sonogram, lots of blood work by hematologist, lupus test found nothing after splenic infarct. Am i ok?
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