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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is renal infarction?

Renal infarction is the damage of kidney tissue due to a disruption of blood flow to the kidneys. The blood flow may most commonly be disrupted by a blood clot from the heart obstructing the arteries supplying blood to the kidneys.

Symptoms related to renal infarction

  • History of atrial fibrillation

  • Low back pain

  • Back pain

  • Decrease in urine volume

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for renal infarction

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose renal infarction

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation?

  • Do you have pain in the lumbar back?

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Are you passing less urine?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

Treatment for renal infarction

Depending on the size of the blood clot, conservative treatment such as medications to dissolve the blood clot and blood thinners to reduce risk of developing clots in future may be prescribed. In more severe cases, open surgery may be recommended to remove the obstruction.

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