What Happens If Renal Artery Is Blocked?

Is a kidney blockage serious?

A ureteral obstruction is a blockage in one or both of the tubes (ureters) that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder.

Ureteral obstruction can be curable.

However, if it’s not treated, symptoms can quickly move from mild — pain, fever and infection — to severe — loss of kidney function, sepsis and death..

Can renal artery stenosis be cured?

Unlike treatment of fibromuscular dysplasia, cure of atheromatous renal artery stenosis by angioplasty alone is rare.

Can a blockage cause kidney failure?

You may not have symptoms when one kidney does not function because the second kidney can filter the blood. However, high blood pressure (hypertension) may come on suddenly and be difficult to control. If your other kidney is not working fully, blockage of the renal artery may cause symptoms of acute kidney failure.

Is renal artery stenosis life threatening?

Renal artery stenosis due to fibromuscular dysplasia is a potentially fatal condition, and may result in end-stage renal failure.

How do you know if you have renal artery stenosis?

As renal artery stenosis progresses, other signs and symptoms may include: High blood pressure that’s hard to control. A whooshing sound as blood flows through a narrowed vessel (bruit), which your doctor hears through a stethoscope placed over your kidneys.

How long do renal artery stents last?

The stent stays in place permanently. It may be necessary to place more than one stent in the artery. Once the dent is in place, the inside lining of the artery will grow over the stent in about 8 weeks.