Which age groups have the highest prevalence of renovascular hypertension (RVHT)?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Rebecca J Schmidt, DO, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The onset of RVHT tends to occur in patients younger than 30 years or older than 50 years. Systemic hypertension is less common in children than in adults, but the incidence of hypertension in children is approximately 1-5%. The presence of hypertension in younger children is usually indicative of an underlying disease process (secondary hypertension). In children, approximately 5-25% of secondary hypertension is attributed to renovascular disease. [13]

In children, the prevalence of renovascular disease as the cause of hypertension is inversely related to age with younger children more likely to have hypertension that is due to renovascular disease. In children younger than 5 years, the incidence of potentially surgically correctable hypertension is close to 80%. This incidence drops to 40-45% in children aged 6-10 years. In children aged 11-20 years, a 20% incidence of surgically correctable hypertension is observed. [13]

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