Improvement of renal functions after embolization of renal AVF in a patient who had been on dialysis for 5 years.

ULUSOY Ş. , Özkan G., DİNÇ H. , KAYNAR K. , Ozturk M. H. , GUL S., ...More

Cardiovascular and interventional radiology, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00270-010-9970-3
  • Title of Journal : Cardiovascular and interventional radiology


Recently, ultrasound-guided percutaneous renal biopsy has been used in the diagnosis of renal diseases. Development of an arteriovenous fistula (AVF), which is one of the post-biopsy complications, is not frequently encountered. AVFs are usually asymptomatic; however, they may lead to serious outcomes. We report a 21-year-old patient, who had been on dialysis for 5 years. Due to high blood pressure (230/160 mmHg) and a thrill in the lumbar area detected on physical examination, Doppler examination was performed and a renal AVF was detected. Because the patient had a history of renal biopsy 5 years previously, the fistula was thought to be secondary to the biopsy. After embolization of the AVF, renal functions improved enough to terminate dialysis treatment.