Atheroembolic kidney disease

7 Interesting Facts of Atheroembolic kidney disease

  1. Cholesterol plaque embolizing to the kidneys may, if extensive, cause a rapid decline in renal function associated with oliguria and hypertension; in some cases, microscopic hematuria and hypocomplementemia are observed
  2. In many cases, an identifiable precipitating event (eg, interventional vascular procedure or imaging) or evidence of emboli elsewhere (eg, skin, digits) provides a clue to diagnosis
  3. Confirm diagnosis, when necessary, with biopsy showing cholesterol crystals and surrounding inflammatory response

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