SPR unknown # 57-- FINAL

Cynthia Tan M.D.

Loyola Univerisity Medical Center


Cynthia Rigsby MD



Renal artery aneurysm neurofibromatosis 1692 SPR unknown 57

Publication Date: 2011-03-04


6 year old with hypertension


Renal angiogram shows two saccular and one fusiform aneurysms with mild narrowing between the main renal artery and the first aneurysm. Saccular aneurysms have narrow necks. A prominent capsular artery courses over the outer aspect of the kidney and communicates with a capsular artery in the midpole.

Doppler US shows dampened renal arterial flow with delayed systolic upstroke at the hilum and intrarenal foci on each side.


Renal artery aneurysms with proximal stenosis related to Neurofibromatosis


Polyarteritis Nodosa, Fibromuscular Dysplasia, Neurofibromatosis-1 (arterial pathology most common in renal artery, presents with HTN), Kawasaki, Ehler-Danlos syndrome, Atherosclerosis (often fusiform), Trauma, Renal Angiomyolipoma, Dilated renal vein


Aneurysms are caused by fibromuscular dysplasia, collagen disorders, atherosclerosis or sepsis. RAAs have been associated with NF1 and Kawasaki disease. Majority are saccular, while 20% are fusiform. Majority of patients are asymptomatic, however hypertension may be associated. Pheochromocytomas are also associated with NF1 and may also a source of hypertension. Higher risk of rupture in pregnant females or if aneurysm is >2 cm. Aneurysms commonly occur at bifurcation of main renal artery.

If diameter >1.5 cm, repair by endovascular coil or stent grafts is considered for narrow neck aneurysms not located at branch points. Repair cures hypertension in 20-50% of cases.


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