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Postpartum renal vein thrombosis


Renal vein thrombosis in adults is usually a complication of the nephrotic syndrome. Rarely, it has been reported in nonnephrotic women postpartum. The thrombosis may be a complication of the hypercoagulable state associated with both the nephrotic syndrome and pregnancy. Two post-partum patients with renal vein thrombosis and no prior history of renal disease are reported here. Neither patient had heavy proteinuria. In both cases, pyelonephritis was suspected clinically and the diagnosis of renal vein thrombosis was first suggested and confirmed by radiologic examination. Renal vein thrombosis should be considered in women presenting postpartum with flank pain.

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Rubens, D., Sterns, R.H. & Segal, A.J. Postpartum renal vein thrombosis. Urol Radiol 7, 80–84 (1985).

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  • Thrombosis, renal vein
  • Thrombosis, postpartum
  • Postpartum complications, renal