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Renal Artery Thrombosis in a Young Woman Taking Oral Contraceptives

S. M. GOLBUS, M.D.; Lt Comdr A. R. SWERDLIN; Lt Comdr J. A. MITAS II; Lt Comdr W. R. ROWLEY; and Capt D. R. JAMES
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MC, USNRMC, USNMC, USNRMC, USNNaval Regional Medical Center; San Diego, California

Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(6):939-940. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-90-6-939
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Oral contraceptives cause a number of serious side effects in young women. Prominent among these is an increased incidence of thromboembolic events (1). Although these thromboemboli almost invariably occur on the venous side of the circulation, there have been reports describing the occurrence of arterial thromboses. Occlusions of the femoral, celiac, superior mesenteric, popliteal, iliac, retinal, cerebral, and coronary arteries have been described (2-6).

Spontaneous thrombosis of the renal artery is a rare event. When reported, it has usually occurred superimposed on an underlying anatomic abnormality of the renal artery after trauma, or very rarely in the setting of systemic


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