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Successful Prophylactic Embolization of a Renal Artery Aneurysm During Pregnancy

Posted by Angie Kinsman, for Dr. Victoria Linehan and Dr. Jessica L. Dobson on October 10, 2021 in Interventional

A new publication from Dr. Victoria Linehan and Dr. Jessica L. Dobson!

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Renal artery aneurysms (RAA) have an increased risk of rupture during pregnancy with high mortality rates for the mother and fetus. There are many reports on the treatment of ruptured RAA during pregnancy and the Society for Vascular Surgery recommends to prophylactically treat unruptured RAA of any size in women of reproductive age to limit risk of rupture during pregnancy. However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no reported case of prophylactic treatment of unruptured RAA during pregnancy. Here we report the case of a 39-year-old G2P1 who had prophylactic endovascular coiling of an unruptured left RAA during her second trimester of pregnancy. Our case report is the first to demonstrate that unruptured RAA can be safely intervened endovascularly to prevent rupture without disrupting the pregnancy.


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