Effects of percutaneous angioplasty on kidney function and blood pressure in patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis
Suhyun Kim1,* , Mi Jeoung Kim1,2,* , Jeunseok Jeon1 , Hye Ryoun Jang1 , Kwang Bo Park3, Wooseong Huh1 , Young Soo Do3, Yoon-Goo Kim1, Dae Joong Kim1, Ha Young Oh1, Jung Eun Lee1
1Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Internal Medicine, Incheon Sarang Hospital, Incheon, Korea
3Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Jung Eun Lee
Division of Nephrology, Department ofMedicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 81 Irwon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06351, Korea. E-mail: jungeun34.lee@samsung.com
*Suhyun Kim and Mi Jeoung Kim contributed equally to this work.
Received: November 30, 2018; Revised: March 14, 2019; Accepted: March 28, 2019; Published online: June 25, 2019.
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Background: Previous randomized controlled trials of revascularization for atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (ARAS) were not successful. We investigated the effects of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stent insertion (PTA/S) on kidney function and blood pressure (BP) control in patients with ARAS.
Methods: From 2000 to 2017, 47 subjects who underwent PTA/S for ARAS were identified. A high-risk group was defined, composed of patients having one or more of the following clinical presentations: pulmonary edema, refractory hypertension, and rapid deterioration of kidney function. Subjects who met the criteria of ̒kidney function improvement̓ or ̒hypertension improvement̓ after PTA/S were classified as responders.
Results: Twenty-one (44.7%) subjects were classified into the high-risk group. Two subjects (8.0%) in the low-risk group (n = 25) and 5 subjects (27.8%) in the high-risk group (n = 18) showed improvement in kidney function after PTA/S (P = 0.110). In patients with rapid decline of kidney function, estimated glomerular filtration rate improved from 28 (interquartile range [IQR], 10–45) mL/min/1.73 m2 to 41 (IQR, 16–67) mL/min/1.73 m2 at 4 months after PTA/S, although the difference was not significant (P = 0.084). Regarding BP control, 9 (36.0%) and 14 (77.8%) subjects showed improvement after PTA/S in the low- (n = 25) and high-risk (n = 18) groups, respectively (P = 0.007). In patients with refractory hypertension, the systolic BP dropped from 157 (IQR, 150–164) mmHg to 140 (IQR, 131–148) mmHg at 4 months after PTA/S (P = 0.005). Twenty-five subjects were defined as responders and comprised a significant proportion of the high-risk group (P = 0.004).
Conclusion: PTA/S might improve BP control and kidney function in patients with ARAS presenting with high-risk clinical features. The optimal application of PTA/S should be based on individual assessment of the clinical significance of renal artery stenosis.
Keywords: Angioplasty, Blood pressure, Glomerular filtration rate, Renal artery stenosis


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