| Home | E-Submission | Sitemap | Contact Us |  
J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 14(5); 2003 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2003;14(5): 481-486.
Radiologic and Laboratory Characteristics of Acute Renal Infarction in the Emergency Department
Hoon Kim, Seung Ryu, In Sool Yoo
Department of Emergency Medicine, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea. mdinsool@cnuh.co.kr
Renal infarction is one of the uncommon causes of acute abdominal pain, and it is often difficult to make a clinical diagnosis. This study was designed to investigate clinical predictors of the acute renal infarction and to suggest useful diagnostic tools to use in the emergency department(ED).
We reviewed medical records of the patients with a final diagnosis of acute renal infarction, which was confirmed by contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan or angiography of the abdomen between Jan. 1998 and Dec. 2000.
Among 24 patients with acute nontraumatic renal infarction, 17 patients (71.0%) had a thromboembolic disease. A number of patients presented with nonspecific abdominal pain. 23 patients (95.8%) had elevated serum LDH after 24 hours of presention. On initial urinalysis, 75.0% of patients (18/24) showed hematuria.
This study suggests that the patients with pain in the flank or the abdomen or the low back area should be performed a contrast-enhanced CT scan as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of acute renal infaction, especially when the patient has the high-risk triad of thromboembolism, elevated serum LDH, and hematuria.
Key words: Renal infarction, Contrast-enhanced CT
Editorial Office
The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine
TEL: +82-62-226-1780   FAX: +82-62-224-3501   E-mail: 0012194@csuh.co.kr
About |  Browse Articles |  Current Issue |  For Authors and Reviewers
Copyright © The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine.                 Developed in M2PI