Atheroembolic renal disease - Treatment
Renal disease - atheroembolic; Cholesterol embolization syndrome; Atheroemboli - renal; Atherosclerotic disease - renal
There is no treatment for atheroembolic kidney disease that works well. Treatment is focused on managing the complications of organ damage.
Medicines may be used to treat high blood pressure and lower lipid and cholesterol levels.
Your doctor may also recommend other lifestyle changes, such as increased exercise or weight loss. Stopping smoking is very important.
The outcome varies but is generally poor. The disorder slowly gets worse over time. Lifestyle changes may help slow progression of the disease.
Calling your health care provider:
Call your doctor if you have:
- A decrease in urine output or no urine production
- Blood in the urine
- Severe abdominal pain or leg pain
- Toes that turn purple and occur with foot pain
- Unexplained ulcers on your legs or feet
- 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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