What is the significance of an incidental finding of atherosclerotic renovascular disease during the evaluation 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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Incidental atherosclerotic renovascular disease is often discovered in patients at the time of cardiac angiography. The impact of this finding on a patient’s outcome and, therefore, on the need to dilate and stent the renal vessel, the so-called "drive-by" percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty with stenting (PTRAS), is the subject of intense debate. [27, 28, 29]


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