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July 24, 1972

Radiologic Aspects of Renovascular Hypertension: Part 4. Arteriographic Complications

Author Affiliations

From the departments of radiology, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (Dr. Reiss) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr. Bookstein); and the Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (Dr. Bleifer). Dr. Reiss is now at the Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sacramento, Calif.

JAMA. 1972;221(4):374-378. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200170022005

In the Cooperative Study of Renovascular Hypertension, 2,719 renal arteriograms were performed. Initial studies were done in 2,374 patients, and 345 studies were done on a follow-up basis. The transfemoral catheter technique was used in 77% of the cases. There was a fatality rate of 0.11% and a nonfatal major complication rate of 1.2%. Most of the major complications involved hemorrhage, thrombosis, and renal injury. These did not appear to be related to the technique utilized.