What is involved in the workup and management of renal artery stenosis (RAS)?

Updated: Nov 02, 2020
  • Author: Bruce S Spinowitz, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The workup in a patient with possible renal artery stenosis includes laboratory studies of kidney function and imaging studies of the kidneys and renal circulation (see Workup). Treatment includes pharmacologic control of hypertension and serum cholesterol levels, with surgical or percutaneous revascularization a consideration in selected patients (see Treatment and Medication). [5, 6] Guidelines covering the diagnosis and medical and surgical therapy of renal artery stenosis have been published (see Guidelines).

For patient education information, see What Is Renal Hypertension?.


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