September 1978

Transcatheter Thromboembolectomy of Acute Renal Artery Occlusion

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Radiology (Dr Millan), Surgery (Dr Deterling), and Medicine (Dr Harrington), Tufts University Medical School; the Divisions of Cardiovascular Radiology (Dr Millan), Vascular Surgery (Dr Deterling), and Nephrology (Dr Harrington), New England Medical Center Hospital, Boston; the Department of Surgery, Framingham Union Hospital (Dr Sher), Framingham, Mass; and the Departments of Radiology (Dr Packard) and Surgery (Dr Morton), Maine Medical Center, Portland, Me.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(9):1086-1092. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370210068009

• Direct surgery of the renal artery has been performed for the relief of acute thrombotic or embolic occlusion of the renal artery to restore adequate renal perfusion and prevent irreversible renal failure. Occasionally, severe medical disease may increase surgical risk to a prohibitive level. An angiographic technique has been devised to provide an alternative approach and has been successfully used on five occluded renal arteries in four patients, with measurable benefit.

(Arch Surg 113:1086-1092, 1978)