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How Is Renal Artery Disease Typically Diagnosed
Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Renal arter stenosis: The diagnosis is made with ultrasound dopplers to check blood flow rates that reveal waves created by the blockage, or arteriograms.Ultrasound has no risk, but is very operator dependent and can be misleading in both over and under diagnosis.Arteriograms are more accurate, but only show an anatomic blockage, and don't help with functional testing. Finding blocks doesn't mean they need treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually can stent. : Sometimes all you can do is balloon only if vessel too small. ...Read more
Variable: The exact diameter is not the issue since many people have small arteries with no problems. The problem usually is in the stenosis i.e. Constricted area. More than 60% stenosis (narrowing) is considered severe. However, severity by itself is not the only reason to do intervention (put a stent) since if the kidney function, bp, potassium are stable with no resistant edema observation only is chosen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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