Renal venous diversion: An unusual treatment for renal vein thrombosis

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Renal venous thrombosis most commonly occurs in the setting of nephrotic syndrome, hypercoagulability, or dehydration. This can usually be treated with systemic anticoagulation, and the diversion is via natural draining tributaries, eg, adrenal, lumbar, or gonadal veins. Occasionally, renal venous thrombosis results from extension of a thrombotic process, such as a large renal cell carcinoma with tumor thrombus extension into the infrahepatic inferior vena cava resulting in thrombosis of the inferior vena cava and contralateral renal vein. Herein, we report a case of left renal vein thrombosis relieved by diversion through the inferior mesenteric vein. © 2006 The Society for Vascular Surgery.




Ho, K. J., Owens, C. D., Ledbetter, S. M., Chew, D. K., & Belkin, M. (2006). Renal venous diversion: An unusual treatment for renal vein thrombosis. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 43(6), 1283–1286.

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