• Vol. 31 No. 1, 107–110
  • 15 January 2002

Embolisation of a Renal Artery Pseudoaneurysm in a Patient with Renal Malrotation and Chronic Aortic Dissection



Introduction: Renal artery pseudoaneurysms may arise as a complication of percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). Prompt recognition and treatment is essential to arrest haemorrhage which may be life threatening.

Clinical Picture: A patient with chronic aortic dissection and malrotated right kidney underwent PCNL for right renal calculus. He developed delayed gross haematuria.

Treatment: Angiography showed a pseudoaneurysm arising from one of two right renal arteries, which in turn arose from the false lumen of the aortic dissection. The supplying artery was successfully embolised.

Conclusion: Renal artery pseudoaneurysms can be successfully treated with prompt angiography and embolisation, even in the presence of renal malrotation and aortic dissection.

A 40-year-old Chinese male presented with severe right loin pain. He had a history of chronic abdominal aortic dissection of unknown aetiology. He was not hypertensive and there was no evidence of ankylosing spondylitis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or any connective tissue disorder.

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