Renal Artery Disease

Renal artery disease refers to a number of conditions that affect the blood vessels of the kidneys. These conditions affect the blood circulation of the kidneys and may cause damage to the tissues of the kidneys, kidney failure and/or high blood pressure. Conditions encompassed by the term "renal artery disease" include renal artery stenosis, renal artery thrombosis, renal artery aneurysm, atheroembolic renal disease and renal vein thrombosis. Diabetes is the main cause of renal artery disease.


Symptoms of renal artery disease depend on the specific condition, so it is important to consult a physician for a proper diagnosis. Sometimes renal artery disease can be asymptomatic (show no symptoms).

Symptoms of the various types of renal artery disease may include:

  • sudden onset of hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • fever
  • blood in the urine
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • sudden decrease in kidney function
  • skin lesions such as purpura (a type of rash in which blood cells leak into the skin)
  • mottling (discolored areas) of the toes and/or feet
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • weight loss


Treatment options for renal artery disease are determined by the patient's age, overall health, medical history, extent of the disease and the specific medical condition. Treatment can include medication.  For some patients, medical procedures such as angioplasty may be necessary.

The UK Vascular Surgery team works together to offer patients the most up-to-date information on the latest diagnosis and treatment methods. Call 859-257-1000 or toll free 1-800-333-8874 for an appointment.


Diabetes, Kidney and Cardiovascular Disease - American Heart Association 

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