European Radiology

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 189–191 | Cite as

Bilateral renal embolization as a therapy in proteinuria

  • M. Zwaan
  • E. Rinast
  • B. Perras
  • C. Kagel
  • H. -D. Weiss
Case reports Cardiovascular radiology


In patients with nephrotic syndrome and life-threatening protein loss resistant to therapy, a percutaneous transfemoral kidney ablation can be performed as a last measure. In three patients, one with membrano-proliferative glomerulonephritis and two with amyloidosis, a bilateral renal artery embolization was able to terminate proteinuria successfully. Nevertheless, one patient died 14 days later because of septicaemia and sepsis, due to prolonged loss of gamma globulin. The other two patients survived, although for permanent haemodialysis. In life-threatening desperate situations, catheter-aided renal embolization is a fast and effective alternative to nephrectomy.

Key words

Nephrotic syndrome Proteinuria Renal ablation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Zwaan
    • 1
  • E. Rinast
    • 1
  • B. Perras
    • 2
  • C. Kagel
    • 1
  • H. -D. Weiss
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMedical University of LübeckLübeckGermany
  2. 2.Medical ClinicMedical University of LübeckLübeckGermany

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