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Renal Artery Stenosis Follow-up

  • Author: Bruce S Spinowitz, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FACP, FASN  more...
Updated: Jul 18, 2016

Further Outpatient Care

In view of the natural history of RVD, patients require serial determinations of serum creatinine levels. Adequate blood pressure control is required, with monitoring of serum potassium levels as necessary. Duplex ultrasound, if available, allows regular follow-up of radiologic progression.



Researchers have studied the natural history of atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis by obtaining images from sequential abdominal aortographs or duplex ultrasound scans in patients with documented renal artery lesions who have been treated medically. Most studies show that progressive arterial obstruction occurs in 42-53% of patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis, often within the first 2 years of radiographic follow-up. The incidence rate of progression to complete renal artery occlusion in these studies ranges from 9-16%; this often occurs in patients with a high-degree stenosis. In a study of 85 patients at the Cleveland Clinic who were followed for 3-172 months, patients with mild-to-moderate stenosis remained unchanged upon follow-up, and 39% of patients with greater than 75% lesions progressed to total occlusion.[46]

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Bruce S Spinowitz, MD, FACP Clinical Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; School of Medicine; Associate Chairman, Associate Director and Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, New York Hospital Medical Center Queens; Associate, Nephrology Associates, PC

Bruce S Spinowitz, MD, FACP is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Physicians, International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, Renal Physicians Association, American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology

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Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN Professor of Medicine, Chief, Nephrology Division, Director, Nephrology Training Program, Director, Metabolic Stone Clinic, Kidney Disease Program, University of Louisville School of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Louisville Veterans Affairs Hospital

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Vecihi Batuman, MD, FACP, FASN Huberwald Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology-Hypertension, Tulane University School of Medicine; Chief, Renal Section, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

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