Atheroembolic renal disease - Symptom
Renal disease - atheroembolic; Cholesterol embolization syndrome; Atheroemboli - renal; Atherosclerotic disease - renal
AERD may not cause any symptoms. If there are symptoms, they may begin suddenly, or slowly get worse over weeks or even months. Symptoms may include:
- Blood in the urine (rare)
- Fever, muscle aches, headaches, and weight loss
- Flank (sides of the body) pain
- Foot pain, sores on the feet, or blue toes
- High blood pressure that is hard to control
- Pain in the abdomen, nausea, or vomiting
Kidney failure may result in:
- Decrease in sensation (feeling)
- Decreased or no urine output
- Drowsiness, confusion, lethargy
- Dry itchy skin
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin color changes
- Swelling of the legs
- Weight loss
Signs and tests:
The doctor will perform a physical exam. Swelling can start in the legs, but may affect the whole body. An eye exam may show particles in the small arteries of the retina.
The doctor will listen to your lungs, heart, and large blood vessels with a stethoscope. Abnormal sounds may be heard. For example, a loud whooshing sound called a bruit may be heard over the aorta or renal artery.
Blood pressure may be high. There may be many ulcers on the skin of the lower feet.
Tests that may be done include:
- Reviewed last on: 6/8/2011
- David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Herbert Y Lin, MD, PhD, Nephrologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
DuBose TD Jr, Santos RM. Vascular disorders of the kidney. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 126.
Kanso AA, Hassan NMA, Badr KF. Microvascular and macrovascular diseases of the kidney. In: Brenner BM, ed. Brenner and Rector's The Kidney. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa; Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 32.
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