What is the role of renal arteriography in the workup 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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Selective renal arteriography is still widely considered the gold standard for diagnosis of RVHT. Renal arteriography is necessary whenever surgery or percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is anticipated.  Because this is a highly invasive procedure, it is appropriate to perform screening and less specific tests in order to refine the level of suspicion for disease that might me amenable to treatment.


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