The effect of renal artery-only or renal artery–vein clamping during partial nephrectomy on short and long-term functional results: Is clamping technique important?



To evaluate the effect of artery-only (AO) and artery–vein (AV) clamping during partial nephrectomy (PN) on short- and long-term renal function outcome.


Medical records of 154 patients in the AO group and 192 patients in the AV group who underwent open and minimally invasive (laparoscopic/robotic) PN between January 2011 and January 2018 were retrospectively assessed. Preoperative patient and tumor-specific characteristics in addition to perioperative factors and renal function outcomes were compared. The change in the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) from postoperative 1–3 days, 12 and 24 months after surgery was calculated. Acute kidney injury (AKI) was defined a as a > 25% reduction in eGFR.


There were no statistically significant differences between the clamping techniques in terms of postoperative 1–3 days, 12 and 24 months eGFR change percentage and risk of progression to chronic kidney disease (CKD). No significant difference in short- and long-term renal functions was found between the minimally invasive or open AO and AV clamping subgroups at any time point. In multivariate analysis, the R.E.N.A.L score (AO group p = 0.026, AV group p < 0.001) and preoperative eGFR (AO group p < 0.001, AV group p = 0.010) were strong predictors of the acute kidney injury in both groups. Older age (AO group p = 0.045, AV group p = 0.010) and preoperative eGFR (AO group p = 0.008, AV group p = 0.002) were significantly associated with CKD progression at 2-year follow-up in both groups.


AV clamping does not adversely affect postoperative renal function compared to AO clamping. Preoperative patient- and tumor-related factors are more important for renal function regardless of the clamping technique.

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Conception and design of the study: ES. Data acquisition: CA, UB. Data analysis and interpretation: CA. Drafting the manuscript: CA, ES, MIG. Revision of the manuscript: OG, KT. Final approval of the manuscript before the submission: SB.

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Akpinar, C., Suer, E., Baklaci, U. et al. The effect of renal artery-only or renal artery–vein clamping during partial nephrectomy on short and long-term functional results: Is clamping technique important?. Int Urol Nephrol (2021).

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  • Artery-only clamping
  • Artery–vein clamping
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Renal function