Do not stent a stenotic renal artery unless there is refractory hypertension or declining renal function.

Type of practice

Other treatments

Topic Area

Vascular Surgery

Renal artery stenting requires excellent expertise because it may cause rupture, dissection or thrombosis of the artery. Furthermore, there is no difference between best medical treatment and stenting, according to recent studies.


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2. Klausner, JQ, BS Harlander-Locke MP, Plotnik AN, Lehrman E, DeRubertis BG, Lawrence PF: Current treatment of renal artery aneurysms may be too aggressive J Vasc Surg. 2014 May; 59(5): 1356-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2013.11.062. Epub 2014 Jan 22.

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