J. GEORGE TEPLICK, M.D.; M. WILLIAM YARROW, M.D.
Arterial occlusion of the kidney with infarction is not uncommon but its clinical recognition is extremely rare. Hoxie and Coggin1 found a 1.4% incidence of renal infarction in over 14,000 autopsies. Of the 205 cases, in two only was this diagnosis suspected clinically. From our own limited experience and reports in the literature, renal infarction can be considered a clinical entity, with confirmatory roentgen findings.
The occlusion of the renal artery or its branches is usually due to emboli secondary to cardiac disease. In 143 autopsies with renal infarcts,2 95% had cardiac disease. Hoxie and Coggin1 report that 76% of
TEPLICK JG, YARROW MW. ARTERIAL INFARCTION OF THE KIDNEY1. Ann Intern Med. ;42:1041–1051. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-5-1041
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