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Renovascular hypertension

Renovascular hypertension
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Classification and external resources
ICD-10 I15.0
ICD-9-CM 403
MedlinePlus 000204
eMedicine med/2006
MeSH D006978

Renovascular hypertension (or "renal hypertension") is a condition which consists of high blood pressure caused by the kidneys' hormonal response to narrowing of the arteries supplying the kidneys.[1] When functioning properly this hormonal axis regulates blood pressure. Due to low local blood flow, the kidneys mistakenly increases blood pressure of the entire circulatory system. It is a form of secondary hypertension - a form of hypertension whose cause is identifiable.[2][3]


  • Signs and symptoms 1
  • Cause 2
  • Pathogenesis 3
  • Diagnosis 4
  • Treatment 5
  • Prognosis 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of renovascular hypertension include the following:[1]


The cause of renovascular hypertension is consistent with any narrowing/blockage of blood supply to the renal organ (

  • Advances in Renal Hypertension Research and Treatment: 2012 Edition: ScholarlyPaper. ScholarlyEditions. 2012-12-26.  
  • Textor, Stephen C. (2009). "Current Approaches to Renovascular Hypertension". Medical Clinics of North America 93 (3): 717–32, Table of Contents.  
  • Mehta, Ankit N.; Fenves, Andrew (2010). "Current opinions in renovascular hypertension". Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center) 23 (3): 246–9.  

Further reading

  1. ^ a b c MedlinePlus Encyclopedia Renovascular hypertension
  2. ^ Textor, Stephen C. (2014). "Secondary hypertension". Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 8 (12): 943–5.   – via ScienceDirect (Subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries.)
  3. ^ a b Renovascular Hypertension at eMedicine
  4. ^ Antman, Elliott M. (2007-01-01). Cardiovascular Therapeutics: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 615.  
  5. ^ Rosenthal, J.; Arlart, I.; Franz, H. E. (2012). "Renovascular Hypertention". In Rosenthal, Julian. Arterial Hypertension: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Therapy. Springer. pp. 201–202.  
  6. ^ Lip, Gregory Y. H.; Hall, John E. (2007-06-28). Comprehensive Hypertension. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 101.  
  7. ^ "Renovascular Disease. Learn about Renovascular Disease | Patient". Patient. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  8. ^ Jenks, Sara; Yeoh, Su Ern; Conway, Bryan R; Jenks, Sara (2014). "Balloon angioplasty, with and without stenting, versus medical therapy for hypertensive patients with renal artery stenosis". The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 12: CD002944.  
  9. ^ Illustrated Manual of Nursing Practice. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2002-01-01. p. 638.  
  10. ^ Renovascular Hypertension~treatment at eMedicine


See also

Prognosis of individuals with renovascular hypertension is not easy to determine. Those with atherosclerotic renal artery disease have a high risk of mortality, furthermore those who also have renal dysfunction have a higher mortality risk. However, the majority of renovascular diseases can be improved with surgery.[3]


Surgery can include percutaneous surgical revascularization, and also nephrectomy or autotransplantation, and the individual may be given beta-adrenergic blockers.[9] Early therapeutic intervention is important if ischemic nephropathy is to be prevented. Inpatient care is necessary for the management of hypertensive urgencies, quick intervention is required to prevent further damage to the kidneys.[10]

In terms of treatment for renovascular hypertension surgical revascularization versus medical therapy for atherosclerosis, it is not clear if one option is better than the other according to a 2014 Cochranew review; balloon angioplasty did show a small improvement in blood pressure .[8]


The diagnosis for renovascular hypertension is done by:[7]


In most people fibromuscular dysplasia or atherosclerosis is the reason for the occlusion of a renal artery which ultimately leads to this condition.[6]

The pathogenesis of renovascular hypertension involves the narrowing of the arteries supplying the kidneys which causes a low perfusion pressure that is detected by the juxtaglomerular apparatus (via the juxtaglomerular cells, which act as baroreceptors; located on the afferent arteriole wall).[5] This leads to renin secretion that causes the angiotensinogen conversion to angiotensin I. Angiotensin I then proceeds to the lung where it is converted to angiotensin II via angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE).

Angiotension converting enzyme


[4] also of importance is that a unilateral condition is sufficient to cause renovascular hypertension.[1]

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