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Renal Infarction with two Different Etiologies: Two Case Reports

Author(s): Mehmet Gül | Zerrin Defne Dündar | Murat Ayan | Başar Cander | Abdüsselam Seydanoğlu | İnan Beydilli

Journal: Akademik Acil Tıp Olgu Sunumları Dergisi (AKATOS)
ISSN 1309-534X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Renal infarction | trauma | abdominal pain | flank pain

Renal infarction is a rare clinical problem and it is frequently misdiagnosed because of the nonspecificity of its symptoms. We present two cases of renal infarction with two different etiologies. The first case was a 43-year-old male who attended the emergency department for pain in the left flank. A contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography scan was performed due to the persistent pain, and the segmental renal infarction was detected. The second case, a 6-year-old girl, was hospitalized due to falling from a height of 8 meters. Traumatic renal infarction was detected in the abdominal computed tomography scan which was performed during the assessment for multiple traumas. Both patients were followed-up conservatively and discharged from the hospital without any renal complications. The diagnosis of renal infarction is generally based on the clinical suspicion. Emergency physicians should keep renal infarction in mind during the management of the patients with abdominal, back or flank pain.
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