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Renal / Mesenteric Disease

Chronic renal and mesenteric artery disease occurs when a fatty substance called plaque narrows or blocks the arteries that supply blood to the intestines (mesenteric diseasse) or the kidneys (renal disease). Acute renal or mesenteric artery disease comes on suddenly when blood clots or debris in the bloodstream get caught in the mesenteric or renal arteries, causing a blockage.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of renal disease include:

  • Sudden pain in the side between the ribs and hip bone
  • Fever
  • Blood in urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Decreased kidney function
  • Swelling in ankles and feet
  • Increase in proteins in urine
  • High blood pressure that doesn’t see to improve with medication

Symptoms of mesenteric disease:

  • Severe abdominal pains within an hour after a meal
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Sudden, severe stomach pain

How is it Diagnosed?

For your doctor to diagnose mesenteric or renal disease, the location of the arterial narrowing needs to be determined. To do so, your doctor can use one or more of the following diagnostic imaging tests:

  • Duplex ultrasound
  • Angiography
  • MRA
  • CT scan

How is it Treated?

Treating mesenteric and renal artery disease depends on how severe it is. If the condition is mild, it can be treated with medical management., That means controlling cholesterol, lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, modifying your diet, losing weight and exercising regularly, and seeing your doctor for follow ups. If the disease is more progressed, surgery to open up the arteries may be recommended. This can be done with angioplasty and stenting, endovascular surgery, open bypass surgery and endarterectomy. Consult your doctor to discuss the best option for you.

Previous Page Last Review Date: May 15, 2019
Renal / Mesenteric Disease Team
Joseph Ricotta, MD, MS, DFSVS, FACS

Joseph Ricotta, MD, MS, DFSVS, FACS

Endovascular Surgery, Vascular Surgery
Delray Beach 33445, Delray Beach 33484