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How is renal artery stenosis diagnosed?

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If your doctor thinks you have renal artery stenosis, she may order tests to confirm her suspicions or rule it out. These include:

  • Blood tests and urine tests to evaluate kidney function
  • Kidney ultrasound, which uses sound waves to show the size and structure of the kidney
  • Doppler ultrasound, which measures blood-flow speed in arteries to the kidney
  • Magnetic resonance arteriogram and computed tomographic angiography, imaging studies that use a special dye (contrast medium) to produce a 3-D image of the kidney and its blood vessels

From: Renal Artery Stenosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: JAMA Patient Page: "Renal Artery Stenosis." Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Renal Artery Stenosis Treatments: A Guide for Consumers." Weinberg, M. , March 2010. Simon, J. , March 2010.



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SOURCES: JAMA Patient Page: "Renal Artery Stenosis." Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Renal Artery Stenosis Treatments: A Guide for Consumers." Weinberg, M. , March 2010. Simon, J. , March 2010.



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