Journal of Robotic Surgery

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 189–191 | Cite as

Periarterial papaverine to treat renal artery vasospasm during robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy

  • Igor Sorokin
  • Sharnae L. Stevens
  • Jeffrey A. CadedduEmail author
Case Report


Renal artery vasospasm can be a troublesome complication during robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. Urologists performing this procedure, especially if utilizing selective arterial vascular microdissection, should be aware of using papaverine for both prevention and treatment of renal artery vasospasm. We present a 33-year-old male who developed severe renal artery vasospasm just with hilar dissection causing the kidney to become ischemic. Papaverine was topically applied on the renal arteries resulting in vasodilation and reperfusion of the kidney. Our objective of this report is to raise awareness of this complication as well as to review the literature on periarterial papaverine use and the dosing for topical applications.


Papaverine Robotic partial nephrectomy Segmental renal artery Renal artery spasm Vasospasm 


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Conflict of interest

Igor Sorokin, Sharnae Stevens, and Jeffrey Cadeddu declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standard of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this Case Report and the video. A copy of the written consent is available for review by the Editor-in-Chief of this journal.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor Sorokin
    • 1
  • Sharnae L. Stevens
    • 2
  • Jeffrey A. Cadeddu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of UrologyUT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of PharmacyBaylor University Medical CenterDallasUSA

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