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Pinched vein.: Nutcracker syndrome (ncs) is caused by a compression of the left renal vein between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery. This pinching raises venous pressure on the left side and can lead to high venous pressure in the renal pelvis, ureter, and gonadal vein. Those can cause discomfort as well. ...Read more
Left renal vein : compression between the superior mesenteric artery and the aorta. Please be evaluated by a urologist. You may need a CT arterogram/venogram. Treatment depends on severity. Must rule out stones or pelvic congestion syndrome. There is a more rare condition called loin pain hematuria syndrome which has similar symptoms. Different from SMA syndrome which compresses the duodenum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not common.: The nutcracker syndrome is due to compression of the left renal vein between the superior mesenteric artery and the aorta. This is a very uncommon syndrome and has vague symptoms of abdominal pain and blood in the urine. A cta would help to make the diagnosis. The diagnosis is not easy to make and you may want to see a vascular surgeon. ...Read more
No: Nutcracker syndrome is compression of the left renal vein between the sma and the aorta. This increases the pressure in the left gonadal vein which comes off of the left renal vein so in this syndrome there is left testicular varicose veins (varicocele). A hysterectomy would not treat this problem. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with SMA nutcracker syndrome. How likely is my being a small person a factor in that diagnosis?
See answer: Nutcracker syndrome refers to the compression of the left renal vein between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery, which results in elevated left renal vein pressure causing abdominal/flank pain and blood in urine. Occurs more common in tall, thin, and slender females. Often misdiagnosed. There is also a condition known as sma syndrome which is a different and more serious condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a one-year-old abdominal CT scan that detected Nutcracker syndrome too old to look at for a second opinion ?
Not too old: Second opinions can be given on any study. If your symptoms have gotten worse, then a newer study may show more disease, but the old study may still contribute some information to the diagnosis. You can contact me on my profile by pressing Send Message to start a consult. ...Read more
I am 18 yr old and had abdomen and pelvic CT scan for confirmation of nutcracker syndrome. Are the chances of me developing cancer in the future high?
Male or female?:
This is a description of venous malformation of the left renal vein entrapped by the aorta. It is not associated with neoplasm. See
An MRA confirmed that I have nutcracker syndrome in my left renal vein and right hepatic artery arising from the proximal Superior mesenteric artery. Could this be the cause of my uncontrolled BP &HR?
Yes: Limitation of blood flow to a kidney will typically raise BP. Often in such a case the BP will be very difficult to control with meds unless the blood flow is restored. A stent in the renal artery may help, but there are several studies suggesting that if meds can control the BP, then procedural risks may not be warranted. You should consult with a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers