Acute Renal Infarction: An Underdiagnosed Disorder

Abdur Baig, Elie Ciril, Gabriel Contreras, Oliver Lenz, Sonia Borra


Acute renal infarction is usually diagnosed when the triad of flank pain, hematuria and elevated lactate dehydrogenase is observed. Since the symptoms are non specific, diagnosis requires high degree of suspicion or may be missed or confused with renal colic. The incidence of ARI in emergency department visits is 0.007 % whereas in autopsy series is reported 1.4 % indicating the condition goes undiagnosed frequently. With the increase use of contrast enhanced computed tomography and magnetic resonance angiography the accuracy might be improving at the present time.

J Med Cases. 2012;3(3):197-200


Acute renal infarction; Flank pain; Hematuria; Lactate dehydrogenase; Contrast-enhanced computed tomography

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