Renal artery embolization for the treatment of renal artery pseudoaneurysm following partial nephrectomy

Ochsner J. 2013 Summer;13(2):259-63.


Background: Renal artery pseudoaneurysm following open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted nephrectomies is a relatively rare but serious complication. Selective renal artery embolization is an interventional radiologic procedure that can be used to successfully treat this postoperative complication.

Case report: We present 2 cases of renal artery pseudoaneurysm, both of which were successfully treated by renal artery embolization, and briefly describe the technical aspects of and clinical indications for this angiographic procedure.

Conclusion: Unlike other imaging modalities, angiography shows the anatomic location of a pseudoaneurysm so the interventional radiologist can quickly treat this potentially life-threatening condition.

Keywords: Aneurysm–false; angiography; embolization–therapeutic; renal artery.

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  • Case Reports