Diffuse increased renal uptake on bone scintigraphy in acute tubular necrosis

Clin Nucl Med. 1994 Jan;19(1):19-21. doi: 10.1097/00003072-199401000-00006.


Acute renal failure after exercise with frank pain and patchy renal vasoconstriction is a clinical syndrome that occurs in young, previously healthy persons. The authors describe a 24-year-old man who had this syndrome. CT scan showed wedge-shaped contrast enhancement of both kidneys, which suggested patchy renal vasoconstriction. Tc-99m MDP imaging revealed diffuse increased uptake of both kidneys. After renal function was improved, Tc-99m MDP imaging showed normal uptake of both kidneys. Acute renal failure due to acute tubular necrosis was confirmed by renal biopsy. The authors conclude that Tc-99m MDP may be useful in evaluation of acute renal failure after exercise with flank pain and patchy renal vasoconstriction due to acute tubular necrosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Kidney / diagnostic imaging*
  • Kidney Tubular Necrosis, Acute / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Running
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate