Dr. med. Dirk Manski



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Renal Vein Thrombosis

Definition

Renal vein thrombosis is the formation of a thrombus in the renal vein with the risk of acute renal failure.

Etiology (Causes) of Renal Vein Thrombosis

Signs and Symptoms

Diagnostic Work-Up of Renal Vein Thrombosis

Laboratory tests:

Urine analysis: hematuria and proteinuria. Blood tests: eventually increased creatinine and potassium in serum.

Renal ultrasound:

Renal ultrasound is important for differential diagnosis of acute renal failure: e.g. exclusion of hydronephrosis. Signs of renal vein thrombosis are kidney enlargement and the detection of a renal vein thrombus in Doppler sonography. The renal vein thrombus may extend into the inferior vena cava.

CT or MRI Abdomen:

CT or MRI of the abdomen can reliably proof renal vein thrombosis.

Treatment of Renal Vein Thrombosis