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Ruptured renal arteriovenous malformation successfully treated by catheter embolization: a case report
© Takeuchi and Nomura; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
- Received: 17 June 2013
- Accepted: 30 December 2013
- Published: 9 January 2014
Renal arteriovenous fistula (RAVF) is a comparatively rare malformation. Here, we report a case of ruptured RAVF that was successfully treated by catheter embolization.
An 89-year-old female was transferred to our institution with massive gross hematuria in March 2011. Plain abdominal computed tomography (CT) revealed dilated left renal pelvis with high-density contents. Hematoma was suspected. Subsequent plain abdominal magnetic resonance imaging revealed left hydronephrosis and blood retention in the dilated left renal pelvis. No renal or ureteral cancer was evident. Hematuria was conservatively treated using hemostatic agents but hematuria persisted. Repeated urinary cytology revealed no malignant cells. On day 9, the patient went into septic and/or hemorrhagic shock. Fluid and catecholamine infusion, blood transfusion, and antibacterial drugs were rapidly initiated, and the patient’s general condition gradually improved. Contrast-enhanced abdominal CT revealed marked expansion of the hematoma in the renal pelvis and microaneurysms in the segmental arteries of the left kidney. Inflammation improved, and a left double-J stent was inserted. Selective renal angiography revealed RAVF with microaneurysms in the left segmental arteries; therefore, catheter embolization using metallic coils was performed, which resolved hematuria.
We report a case of ruptured renal arteriovenous malformation, which was successfully treated by catheter embolization.
- Renal arteriovenous malformation
- Catheter embolization
Renal arteriovenous fistula (RAVF) is a comparatively rare malformation that accounts for < 1% of arteriovenous fistulas among the general population . RAVF may either be congenital or acquired . Acquired RAVF occurs because of trauma, biopsy, surgery, infection, or malignant tumors. We report a case of ruptured renal arteriovenous malformation, which was successfully treated by catheter embolization.
Laboratory data on admission
338 × 104/μl
21.9 × 104/μl
On angiographic examination, RAVF may be classified as cirsoid or aneurysmal . Cirsoid-type RAVF consists of multiple small and dilated arteriovenous communications with multiple feeding arteries and draining veins. Aneurysmal-type RAVF consists of a single feeding artery and a single draining vein. RAVF may either be congenital or acquired . Congenital RAVF primarily consists of the cirsoid type and is more often observed in females than males (male to female ratio: 1:2) aged between 20 and 40 years . The right kidney is the most frequent site of congenital RAVF development . In contrast, acquired RAVF is primarily aneurysmal. The etiology of acquired RAVF may be idiopathic or secondary. Idiopathic RAVF may develop when pre-existing renal aneurysms form shunts with adjacent renal segmental veins. Secondary RAVF is caused by iatrogenic injury such as renal biopsy, percutaneous nephrostomy or nephrectomy, penetrating renal trauma such as bullet or stab wounds, or blunt renal injury incurred during an accident or a fall [4–9]. Among these, renal biopsy is the most common cause of secondary RAVF . Moreover, renal malignant tumors may cause formation of shunts between pseudoaneurysms and renal segmental veins, resulting in RAVF .
The clinical symptoms of cirsoid-type RAVF include hematuria, bladder tamponade due to coagulated blood in urine, and flank pain. These symptoms result from development of cirsoid-type RAVF from a nidus in the submucosa of the renal pelvis. In contrast, aneurysmal-type RAVF is generally asymptomatic; therefore, it is often incidentally detected by abdominal CT or ultrasonography. Aneurysmal RAVF sometimes presents with symptoms of congestive heart failure if the shunt flow is high. In many cases, aneurysmal RAVF cannot be detected until symptoms of circulatory syndrome become evident. Hematuria is present in 62% cases with cirsoid-type RAVF; however, it is present in only 27% cases with aneurysmal-type RAVF . In the case reported here, acquired RAVF of cirsoid type with renal segmental artery aneurysms was identified. No prophylaxis antibiotic use may lead to sepsis condition. Therefore, prophylaxis antibiotic should have taken into consideration since the day of admission when plain abdominal CT revealed an evidence of hematoma in the pelvis renalis whether it was associated with renal vascular diseases or not.
Renal arteriography is the gold standard for diagnosis of RAVF. Depiction of renal veins in the early stages of the arterial phase confirmed the diagnosis of RAVF in our case. In recent years, advances in multidetector row CT have improved the depiction of renal veins in the early stage of the arterial phase. In addition, visualization of feeding arteries and draining veins using three-dimensional imaging techniques enables diagnosis of RAVF in a minimally invasive way. Magnetic resonance angiography without contrast medium and color Doppler ultrasonography may also be helpful in the diagnosis of RAVF [12, 13]. With the improvement of imaging for diagnostic purposes, an increasing number of cases of asymptomatic RAVF may be found.
RAVF with hematuria, flank pain, and symptoms of congestive heart failure requires prompt treatment. Treatment of asymptomatic aneurysmal-type RAVF with high shunt flow is also recommended for the prevention of circulatory complications. Both conservative and surgical treatments such as partial nephrectomy, total nephrectomy, renal autotransplantation, and transarterial embolization may be utilized. In recent years, transarterial embolization has become the gold standard for treatment of RAVF because it is minimally invasive. Embolic materials used for transarterial embolization include gelatin sponge, metallic coil, absolute ethanol, lipiodol, and n-butyl 2-cyano crylate. In the case presented here, metallic coils were chosen for successful treatment of RAVF.
Here we have reported a case of ruptured renal arteriovenous malformation, which was successfully treated by catheter embolization. In this case, plain abdominal CT suggested hematoma in the pelvis; therefore, renal pelvis carcinoma or ureteral carcinoma was strongly suspected. However, subsequent contrast-enhanced abdominal CT suggested renal arteriovenous malformation with aneurysms. Renal angiography confirmed the diagnosis. When encountering hematuria, contrast-enhanced abdominal CT should be considered for accurate and rapid diagnosis.
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