No clear benefit for renal artery stents

In this small RCT of patients with impaired creatinine clearance (gfr<80) and renal artery stenosis (>50%), they were randomized to medical treatment, with or without renal artery stenting. Follow-up did not show a significant benefit to creatinine clearance (although limited by small sample size), but did demonstrate 4 serious complications in the stenting group (including 2 procedure-related deaths). This study failed to show a benefit of renal artery stenting in this patient population, and did show evidence of harm, indicating medical therapy should be the current standard of care for now (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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