What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of sickle cell nephropathy (SCN)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2019
  • Author: Phuong-Thu Pham, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Ultrasonography of the kidneys can be used to exclude other causes of postrenal or obstructive uropathy (eg, nephrolithiasis), while computed tomography (CT) scanning can be used to exclude renal medullary carcinoma in patients presenting with hematuria. The risk of radiocontrast nephropathy in patients with SCN is similar to that of the general population. [26]

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