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Renal Artery Stenting

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Pre-Procedure Prep


Renal artery stenosis with:
• Refractory hypertension and/or declining renal function
• Optimal medical therapy
Renal artery dissection
Hemodynamically significant stenoses:
• 70% stenosis on angiography
• Pressure gradient > 20 mmHg


• Uncorrectable coagulopathy
• Long segment renal artery occlusion
• Diffuse small branch stenoses
• Renal artery <4 mm
• Small atrophic kidney - suggests nonfunction

Pre-Procedural Evaluation

H&P - patient selection is critical
• Age of onset of hypertension
• Detailed evaluation of hypertension treatment and current medications
• Comorbidities
• Renal arterial Doppler: > 180 cm/s, tardus parvus waveform
• Captopril renal scan
• Angiogram: reserved for potential planned intervention
Labs: Platelets, INR, GFR

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Procedure Steps


• Hold antihypertensives day of procedure
• Antibiotic: cefazolin 1 gram IV
• Heparin or bivalirudin


• May depend on operator comfort and angle of renal artery
• Femoral, brachial and radial
Place 6-Fr guide sheath
• Renal standard curve, renal double curve

Angiogram and Stenting
Place sheath at level of renal artery but directed away from ostium
Advance crossing catheter and 0.014" crossing wire ~ 2 cm outside of guide catheter
Direct guide catheter toward ostium
Identify origin of vessel and degree of stenosis:
• Preprocedural planning
• Inject CO2 or contrast to delineate origin
Pull 0.014" wire into crossing catheter and then pull crossing catheter into sheath
Carefully cross lesion with 0.014" wire and crossing catheter
Average diameter of renal artery is 5-7 mm
• Undersize balloon relative to artery
• Fully expand balloon
• Avoid higher pressure if balloon expanded at lower atmosheres
Balloon-expandable stents
• Width 5-7 mm
• Length 10-20 mm
• Cover entire length of stenosis
• Land proximal segment of stent 1-2 mm in the aorta
• Can use stent balloon to flare ostium by reinflating at higher pressure
Remove balloon - completely deflate or balloon could move stent
Final angiogram



• Renal artery embolization with infarction of renal parenchyma
• Guidewire perforation of renal artery with subcapsular, perirenal or perirenal hematoma
• Rupture of renal artery by balloon or stent
• Misplacement of stent and dislodgement of stent
• Stent restenosis, thrombosis and infection
• Renal artery pseudoaneurysm
• Acute renal failure
• Access site complications
• Major complications < 5%

Post-Procedural Care

• Bed rest depends on sheath size and potential arterial closure device
• Overnight observation with monitoring of blood pressure, urine output, and follow up creatinine level
• Hypotension following stenting common
• Continue IV fluids
• Aspirin 325 mg PO daily
• Most operators will also initiate plavix 75 mg PO for at least 1 month


• Renal duplex 2 weeks following procedure to establish baseline
• Duplex Q6 months thereafter


• 66% of HTN patients will see improved BP control and/or reduced antihypertensive medication need
• 75% of renal insufficiency patients will see plateau or improvement in GFR


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[2] Cooper CJ, Murphy TP, Cutlip DE, et al. Stenting and medical therapy for atherosclerotic renal-artery stenosis. N Engl J Med. 2014;370(1):13‐22. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1310753
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[6] Funaki B. Renal ostial angioplasty and stenting. Part 1: the routine procedure. Semin Intervent Radiol. 2009;26(1):74‐81. doi:10.1055/s-0029-1208385
[7] Funaki B. Renal ostial angioplasty and stenting. Part 2: pitfalls and complications. Semin Intervent Radiol. 2009;26(2):151‐158. doi:10.1055/s-0029-1222460
[8] Rocha-Singh K, Jaff MR, Lynne Kelley E; RENAISSANCE Trial Investigators. Renal artery stenting with noninvasive duplex ultrasound follow-up: 3-year results from the RENAISSANCE renal stent trial. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2008;72(6):853‐862. doi:10.1002/ccd.21749
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