Mashhad - Iran
Background- Technical improvements in Doppler ultrasonography and MRI methods have led to the diagnosis of many patients with renal artery stenosis. In patients with coronary and peripheral arterial diseases, atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is more common. Severe stenoses in renal arteries may lead to hypertension (HTN) and ischemic nephropathy. In cases with bilateral renal artery stenosis or severe stenosis of the renal artery in single-kidney persons, renal dysfunction and ultimately renal failure may occur.
Patients- In this report, 10 cases with hypertension and renal dysfunction that underwent renal angioplasty and stenting are presented.
Results- Clinical and para-clinical improvements after angioplasty were observed in the follow-up period.
Conclusion- Balloon angioplasty could be an appropriate replacement for renal artery surgery in renal stenosis cases (Iranian Heart Journal 2002, 2003; 3(4) & 4(1): 44-46)